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)


Enroll in the 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 Vocational Evaluation Assessment Service, 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.


For our Pre-ets 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.


employU job readiness training consists of 20-hour sessions that include:


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.


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.


employU’s Paid On the Job Trainings program generates opportunities to gain real work experience. We partner with a variety of local business 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.