Orange County Career Preparation Training Program

As a partner of Vocational Rehabilitation, we offer students ages 15-22 with a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) self-advocacy training, career preparation training, and paid work experiences. Additionally, through a grant from Orange County, we can offer enhanced services such as travel assistance like travel vouchers, industry certifications like OSHA 10, and vocational interest career assessments where students learn how their specific skill set and interests match up with specific careers.

By participating in this year-long learning experience students will learn:

  • Skills such as relationship building, goal setting, resume building, job search methods, application tips, and interviewing skills through Pre-Employment Training.
  • How to advocate for one’s needs and wants, uncover one’s interests, practice positive thinking, and set realistic goals in the Self-Advocacy Workshop.
  • Valuable industry skills as you gain work experience through on-the-job training with our Career Camps.

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*This program is funded in full or part by Orange County, Florida.

Upcoming Events

For more information on events contact Sandra Grinz, Grant Transition Coordinator
Email: sgrinz@employu.org
Phone: (407) 305-3132


Wednesday, June 21st 11 AM to 12 PM 
NuCamp Virtual Web Development Workshop

Monday, July 17th 10:30 AM to 3 PM 
HTML Class  at the Orlando Public Library



Participants can complete certifications that make them more attractive permanent hire candidates. Certifications will vary based on industry, but training support will be provided for certification training. Certifications include:

OSHA Certification
A 10-hour online course that covers OSHA standards as well as safety and health hazards common to the workplace for those interested in retail, warehousing, healthcare, and manufacturing industries

ServSafe Certification
A three-hour online course for those interested in the foodservice industry

CPR and First Aid Certification
A four-hour online training and in-person skills check with experienced instructors to prepare you to care for first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements.


Travel assistance allows for an expansion in travel radius for services. Through this, students who would otherwise not have the means of transportation to receive and participate in these services will now have a viable travel option at no cost to them. Utilizing travel assistance gives students the opportunity to more easily take part in the work experiences that are truly the best fit for them


With the enhanced funding, all students will be able to receive Vocational Evaluation services and learn how their specific skillsets and interests match up with particular career paths and industries.

This is a one or two-day assessment customized for the student to assess their skills, aptitude, and interests to determine possible career paths as well as relevant post-secondary training options.

Generally, the evaluations use information regarding a student’s:

  • Living situation
  • Employment status and history
  • Availability of transportation
  • Medical history
  • Abilities and limitations

WORK READINESS TRAINING (Available In-Person and Online)

Our Pre-Employment Placement Training (PPT) is a program designed to engage participants while covering topics such as self-esteem and motivational skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, “selling yourself” to a potential employer, interview skills and resume building, networking, and mock interviews. Participants will build valuable relationships with our staff and other customers as they learn how to:

  • Structure a resume that matches what employers are looking for
  • Conduct multiple job search methods in order to find the right job
  • Overcome today’s challenges with applications and personality assessments
  • Interview professionally and gain confidence in your presentation skills

SELF ADVOCACY WORKSHOP (Available In-Person and Online)

The Self-Advocacy Workshop is an interactive training where participants will learn by doing while having fun in a safe, positive environment. Much of the program is spent on what is appropriate when on the job. Role-playing methods are used to develop conflict resolutions and decision-making skills. At the end of the course, participants will have the confidence to speak for themselves and will have learned how to:

  • Effectively communicate their needs and feelings
  • Implement positive thinking
  • Set and takes steps to achieve realistic goals
  • Discover their own interests and skills

CAREER CAMPS (Available In-Person and Online)

Career Camps are a week-long experience of exploration into different career fields for students to discover there are more opportunities available to them than they ever imagined! Career Camps are hosted by employU across the state, from West Palm Beach to Jacksonville. Students who participate in this program are paid up to $50 per day while they:

  • Explore career opportunities
  • Gain valuable skills
  • Build connections


employU’s Paid Work-Based Learning Experience Program generates opportunities to gain real work experience as students earn a competitive hourly rate of $11/hour. We partner with a variety of local businesses to offer different learning experiences for each student. When a student first enrolls in our program, an employU specialist meets with them one-on-one to develop a customized plan based on their preferences.

The job coach accompanies the student on their first day of work and checks in on them regularly throughout the program duration to ensure adequate support is provided. Each experience averages between one to two months and students may repeat their participation as desired during their eligibility period. At the conclusion of each Paid Work-Based Learning experience, students have:

  • Gained valuable skills
  • Developed solid work references
  • Built strong connections for future employment

*This program is funded in full or part by Orange County, Florida.

employU is an approved vendor with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and we are happy to serve VR’s customers.
employU is a CARF accredited organization
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