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TRANSITION YOUTH PROGRAM

employU’s Transition Youth Services Program provides self-advocacy training, career preparation training, and work experiences for students ages 14-22 that meet eligibility for special education services through either a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

GETTING STARTED

Customers should receive a referral from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to be eligible for services offered by employU. For Transition Youth Services, there are two routes students can take. Through the Pre-ETS program, students can be referred to Vocational Rehabilitation by by their school district for limited pre-employment services. Traditional Vocational Rehabilitation customers are eligible for the full range of pre-employment services including Vocational Evaluations. To apply as a traditional customer, use the VR Office Directory to locate the VR office nearest you. Inform the VR representative that you are interested in receiving VR services and they will help you determine what to do next.

PRE-ETS PROGRAM

Students may receive services by having school personnel submit a referral through the Pre-ETS portal. Many Florida schools have been provided a Pre-ETS web portal to facilitate the delivery of student services. Once the information has been entered into the portal, the student will be contacted by the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth tech within a few days. Although not eligible for all of the Vocational Rehabilitation services through the Pre-ETS program, students will be immediately available for services employU offers such as Pre-Employment Training Program, Self-Advocacy Training Program and the On The Job Training Paid Work Experience.

If a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor determines the student eligible for additional services, they will explain the details at the initial meeting. For more information, contact us a (407) 598-0202 and we can walk you through the steps.

VOCATIONAL EVALUATIONS FOR TRADITIONAL TRANSITION CLIENTS

For our traditional transition clients, employU conducts interviews with the client and their parent or guardian to gain insight into their disabilities and how it impacts their daily lives. Interest inventory testing is administered to determine the client’s areas of vocational interest. The information gathered is then analyzed to determine if an On-the-Job-Training (OJT) opportunity would be a good fit for the client, and which types of vocational settings and job duties would likely promote a positive outcome. We also identify reasonable accommodations, specific to the client’s unique needs, which may assist the client in achieving successful OJT experiences. Academic testing is offered upon request to students who are rising seniors or currently enrolled in their senior year of high school to gain insight into the feasibility of future academic opportunities such as vocational/apprenticeship programs or a traditional college track.

WORK READINESS TRAINING

employU Work Readiness Training prepares students with practical skills they will need to enter the workforce. Each 20-hour workshop is designed to help students identify possible career interests, set and track goals, develop communication and conflict resolution skills, build a resume and cover letter, learn the dos and don’ts of interviewing including practicing interview skills, how to be a good employee, explore transportation options, and develop budgeting skills. These sessions include:

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    Our favorite part of the Employment Preparation Class is that we get to know our students on a personal level. Once we form a mutual respect, we find the process becomes much easier and allows us to predict behavior that we can plan for.

  • GOAL SETTING

    Students set goals and learn how to be accountable to those goals. This is often a life-changing lesson.

  • RESUME BUILDING

    Instructors provide an overview of a resume and what employers look for. They also teach them how to add to their resume so that it becomes stronger as their experience grows.

  • JOB SEARCH

    There is more than just the internet to search for jobs. In fact, the internet is one of the least effective ways people find employment. Our instructors will teach methods designed to not just get a job but to get the job the student wants.

  • APPLICATIONS

    In today’s tech savvy world, most employment applications are online. These applications are also often combined with long, grueling assessments. If not completed properly, these applications can be discarded, and many employers will never have the opportunity to review it with human eyes. During our classes, we provide tips on how to score well on these assessments to make sure each student is considered for their next job.

  • INTERVIEWING

    Most job seekers today do not spend adequate time preparing and practicing for interviews, often resulting in prolonged periods of unemployment. This is why the majority of class time is dedicated to interview skills and strategies. In our Employment Training Class, we explore customized answers to commonly asked interview. Students can then practice their newly learned skills during mock interview sessions designed to simulate even the most stressful situations to prepare them for real-world interviews.

SELF-ADVOCACY TRAINING

Self-Advocacy Training is a two-part program designed to provide guidance on building a path to independence. Participants will conclude their training with several job ready takeaways such as resumes, references, a cover letter and letters of recommendations.

Etiquette

Much of the program is spent on what is appropriate when on the job. Many participants are not experienced and they often find it difficult to determine what is appropriate when working. Role playing methods are used to develop conflict resolutions and decision making skills. Many students just have to understand the difference between work and social life and this program helps teach that.

Job Shadowing

Gain a “behind the scenes” look into future career choices. Our trainers will navigate a tour of area businesses to provide an observation and also an insight into these jobs by talking with real staff members onsite.

PAID WORK-BASED LEARNING

employU’s Paid Work-Based Learning program generates opportunities to gain real work experience. 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. At the conclusion of each On the Job Training, students have gained valuable experiences, developed solid work references, and built strong connections for future employment. Each experience averages between one to two months and students may repeat their participation as desired during their eligibility period.

INDUSTRY-BASED WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS

employU partners with a variety of industry-specific associations to offer customers vocational training and internship opportunities. Many industries – such as manufacturing, construction, hospitality,and more – are in great need of skilled employees and are willing to offer training and certification opportunities to build their labor force. By participating in these special programs, customers develop specific job-related skills, can receive an OSHA 10 certification which teaches safe practices for highly skilled positions, and be ready to pursue a career path with little to no student loan debt.

CAREER CAMPS

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 offered the opportunity to explore a wide array of manufacturing positions from assembly to high-tech product testing and specialized product development. These hands-on learning experiences take place at a partner business work site where students will;

  • Explore career opportunities
  • Gain valuable skills
  • Build connections

VIRTUAL SERVICES

employU is now offering virtual services to assist our clients from the comfort of their own home. These services resemble our in-person services but in an interactive, virtual format.
Participants of Virtual Opportunities Must Have:

  • Reliable Internet
  • Computer (no tablets)
  • Microphone and video capability
  • Basic computer and typing skills

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