- Job Seeker Benefits
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is an excellent opportunity for both employers and job seekers with disabilities. With an OJT the individual will be able to participate in hands-on training in an integrated work setting. This specialized training allows the individual to develop skills and gain experience that enables them to advance to a long term career or perform a job in their desired industry. When a individual participates in an OJT they will get many benefits being, an interaction on a regular basis with employees who do not have disabilities, work in comparable positions, and are paid no less than minimum wage.
An overview of benefits to individuals who participate in this program are as follows;
Expect to train in their desired field
Earn a salary while training
Gain valuable work experience
Interact with other employees in an integrated work setting
Preparing to enter the workforce
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is an opportunity for you, the employer, to mentor a person with a disability, helping them develop the skills needed to realize their career goals and potential, with no liability to you regarding insurance or wages. During the OJT, the trainee interacts on a regular basis with employees who do not have disabilities, hold a regular position, and is paid no less than minimum wage through our company, employU in cooperation with a program through the State of Florida. On-the-Job Training helps people with disabilities get used to the employment environment, while gaining valuable work experience.
An Employer Working With EmployU
When working with employU, you are not just gaining a client-employer relationship with a highly motivated potential employee, but also, a team of people, who support the client to be successful. After the OJT has been completed, if a job offer is extended, we have an experienced, professional staff who are certified to assist in the transition, and provide additional training or coaching at that time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. How long does On-the-Job Training last?
A. The average length of an OJT is six to eight weeks. Training length is based on employer needs, and difficulty of the job.
Q. Are you required to hire at the end?
A. Employers are not required to offer a job at the completion of an OJT, but extending a job offer to a candidate is always a consideration.
Q. Is there any minimum wage or liability insurance required?
A. employU will furnish a copy of our liability insurance coverage for all individuals under the OJT program. The individual is considered an employee of employU, therefore, we pay our clients to essentially work for you for free the duration of the OJT.
Vocational RehabilitationForida Dept of Education offers much help when it comes to the job search. Also when it comes to keeping that job and turning it into a career.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
The Mission of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Florida Department of Education is to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence. They have 80 field locations where VR customers can get services from across the state.
Christian HELP (Hope, Encouragement, Love, Prayer)
A Christian ministry in Central Florida devoted to preventing homelessness by helping people find jobs while providing for them materially and spiritually.
Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC)
The Central Florida Employment Council was organized to assist Central Florida Businesses in economically and expeditiously filling job vacancies through the effective placement of qualified candidates within the community. CFEC Programs include monthly meeting for employers, job fairs and access to the database for job seekers and employers.
Disability Rights Florida
Formerly the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Disability Rights Florida is the official, Governor-designated protection and advocacy system for the State of Florida. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.
Florida Commission on Community Service
The mission of our organization is to strengthen communities through volunteer service. In carrying out our mission we partner with community based organizations, non-profits, businesses, communities of faith, government entities, and colleges and universities.
Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.
Social Security Disability Resource Center
This website explains how the disability process works within the Social Security Administration program.
ProNet Career Resources
To help the unemployed and underemployed professionals of Central Florida find gainful employment through networking, employment resources, educational presentations, and uncovering the hidden job market. To support and encourage one another, especially through periods of unemployment.
Directly after the initial interview, EmployU, Inc. structures an individualized marketing plan according to the goals and interests of the client. Our Supportive Employment Specialists review their current networks which are developed through consistent community participation. As members of the Chambers of Commerce as well as multiple associations and network groups. we assure we are consistently branding our company and our services.
Along with networking, we also utilize our team of marketing experts. With this process we pinpoint businesses in the range of the client's area that may have positions available that match our client'&rsquo's focus. Our marketers then relentlessly search for businesses that have a need which our client may be able to satisfy. They find the company, the contact, the correct method to apply and the proper process to make sure everything is done according to the employer standards.
Once an opportunity is realized our employment specialists work with the client to properly submit a professional resume, cover letter and a thorough application in a timely manner. Not only is it important to put an application together properly but quite often the delivery is just as important so the employment specialist will assist and often accompany the client when submitting the application in order to build a rapport with the human resource representative. From there, the proper follow-up is planned and scheduled to make sure our client stays at the top of the list.
- All of our processes value relationships.
- Pre-Employment Instruction
- The fundamentals of resume writing
- Goal setting: Improve every day
- How to find jobs: Social Media, Networking and approaching businesses
- How to apply to jobs and pass the assessments
- Interviewing: Mock interviews
- The class allows us to quickly build a relationship with our client which establishes accountability.
- 40 hour pre-employment training class
- Our pre-employment training class is designed to develop each candidate into a skilled job seeker. The goal is to ensure each client stands out from the other applicants to give them the best chance at being chosen for the position.
Goal SettingIn class we practice goal setting each day. We believe you become what you think about most of the time. We write down our goals and break them down into achievable steps. From there we take one of the steps and assign it as daily home work. The objective is turn our client into a habitual goal setter.
Resume BuildingA good resume can lead to consideration for a job. A great resume will stand out among the others to put the candidate at the top of the list. We teach that a resume is not meant to get the job; it’s to get an interview. EmployU has professional resume experts on its team who work with each client to teach them the fundamentals of resume building and assist in creating a professional resume.
ApplicationWith today’s technology there are many different methods one has to learn in order to apply for positions. Unfortunately, these methods can be complicated, require computer skills and can cause anxiety for even the most educated. In class we learn the many methods and submit live applications. It’s imperative that clients practice to overcome the fears and gain the confidence to go home and submit applications on their own.
NetworkingEmployU is a member of many networks and we expose our students to opportunities that exist in the community. Quite often the best available jobs are uncovered by getting out there and meeting people. To be the most efficient networker it’s important to spend your time with the right people. We teach our clients where and how to network and we actually take field trips to group meetings.
InterviewingThis is the topic we spend most of our time on. Mock interviews and evaluations really build the students confidence as they see the improvements they make over time. We work on poise, eye contact, the hand shake and building rapport. We teach them that as a job seeker they are in the sales industry and their product is themselves.