EMPLOYMENT TRAINING FOR INDIVIDUAL GROWTH
Beacon Group’s supported employment services offer paid, on-site supervised work in the community for individuals in both competitive (individual) and integrated (group) settings.
Individuals in supported employment workplaces gain independence, knowing specially-trained Beacon Group job coaches are available, as needed, to offer guidance and support.
Job coach guidance and support is shared in either group or individual settings, through group-supported and individual-supported employment.
OVERCOME BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT WITH OUR HELP
Individual supported employment allows an individual with significant disabilities to work in the community with long-term supports, helping them gain the skills necessary to obtain and retain employment.
Beacon Group helps find integrated, competitive work options for the individuals we serve. The process includes exploring and identifying an appropriate job based upon work experience, education, abilities, interests, and the availability of employment within the job seeker’s community.
The outcome is that a job seeker is hired by a company and paid just like any other employee. Once placed in a job, individuals receive ongoing job coaching with the goal of building natural support within the organization to help the client maintain employment.
REAL-WORLD WORK EXPERIENCE IN A GROUP SETTING
Beacon Group Provides on-site supervision to a small group of people with disabilities working in a community setting as part of a customized work team or enclave. Typically, a group of two to six individuals will be accompanied by a Beacon Group job coach, working together at a business within the community. Individuals are paid through Beacon Group.
The group supported employment environment gives individuals an opportunity to experience a work setting, where they are tasked with new responsibilities and are required to meet new expectations. Beacon provides training in soft skills (attendance, hygiene, effective communication with supervisors and co-workers, timeliness, etc.) The long-term objective is to help workers progress to individual-supported employment in the community, if the individual desires.
Some examples of jobs performed as part of a customized work team through supported employment include:
Referral from the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation and/or from the behavioral health system.
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