Vocational Counseling and
Pre-Placement Assessments: Work Force Staff assists individuals in
developing their employment goals by helping them investigate their
interests, desires, abilities and dreams. Strength and interest
assessments are utilized to explore vocational goals along with teaching
necessary job seeking skills.
Job Seeking Skills Training:
Individuals will be prepared for all aspects of their career search,
including learning how to fill out applications, create a resume,
interviewing, networking, and exploring the newspaper and Department of
Job Development: A
partnership with the individual is emphasized through the job development
process with the goal of developing a suitable, competitive, and integrated
job in the community. Job development is launched by, first,
networking with business contacts already established. Depending on the size
of the job market for an individual’s specific employment goal, cold
calling by phone, personal visit, or mail will be performed. Newspaper adds,
new businesses, and local job banks will also be utilized as resources.
Job Coaching: After a
hiring decision is made by the employer, supported employment is provided
through job coaching services to ensure successful job experiences for the
new employee and employer. The job coach works both on and off the job
site offering training, supervision, and support to the employee in
cooperation with the job supervisor.
Follow-Along Services: Once
the job coach fades off the job site and the employee feels comfortable in
the job environment, follow-along services will be available for as long as
needed. Support services include regular contact with employee and
employer to ensure a successful job match.
Community Education: Work
Force Staff provide community education, working toward dispelling myths
about mental disabilities. Potential employers are informed about the Work
Opportunity Tax Credit and other incentives for hiring Work Force
participants. Education regarding ADA compliance and regulations, as well as
learning about working with a person who has a disability can be explored.