Work Experience

On Site Job Training
Exploring Options, Building Skills
Work Experience

The Work Experience program is recommended for people who have not been employed for a long time, have a poor work history or have no work history. It involves a 3-week assessment of the individual's vocational abilities, skills, and interests while they earn wages working on a work team in AccessAbility’s Community Employment Dept. Short- term goals are established at the beginning of this three week program. The participant's progress is monitored and documented by their work experience case manager. This provides the opportunity to identify concerns and solutions immediately. A final written report is prepared based on the staff and case manager's observations and documentation.

 

An interdisciplinary team, including the individual served, reviews the outcome of the work experience and makes recommendations regarding the next steps. If the individual is recommended for referral to active job development, they will be referred to AccessAbility's Job Development team with the goal of competitive employment.

Work Adjustment

Work Adjustment Training is recommended for people that have a past history of unsuccessful employment and need intensive transitional support with specific identified issues.

Phase I:  Initial Assessment

This beginning phase involves a 4-week assessment of skills and work behaviors. Approaches to addressing identified barriers to employment are outlined in a written report at the completion of this assessment. Recommendations are addressed in Phase II.

Phase II:  Work Adjustment Training

This phase focuses on strengthening identified weaknesses in work skills and behaviors. The goal is to help each individual prepare for community employment. Areas of intense support and training may include, but are not limited to, interpersonal skills, attendance, work performance, and work behaviors. Verbal updates are shared with the individual and referral source regularly. Upon completion of the service, a written report with recommendations is discussed. If the individual is recommended for referral to active job development, they will be referred to AccessAbility's Job Development team with the goal of competitive employment.