The Supported Employment Program supports individuals with I/DD interested in obtaining competitive employment in the community. Our dedicated team of Employment Specialists makes it easier for people to find and retain jobs; therefore, allowing him/her to become independent contributors to their communities. The program also provides employers with assistance in building inclusive workforces.
How does it work?
Our individualized approach allows us to customize services to meet the needs and goals of both the job-seeker and the employer. For those with a job but are seeking additional support, a coach performs site visits and regularly checks in with the employer and the participant to provide appropriate feedback. For those seeking a job, a skills assessment enables our team to match the right job for the individual.
The supported employment specialist can provide the following support:
• Employment assessments to match job-seeker with ideal employer;
• Job search, development and placement;
• Interview techniques;
• On-the-job training;
• Follow-up job coaching and support;
• Ongoing communication with employers and coworkers;
• Assistance with arranging transportation.
Collaboration is the key strategy. Participants who are ready for employment are matched with a job coach to guide him/her along the vocational process from pre-employment and the hiring process through on-the-job support.
What are the benefits to employers?
When hiring a Loveland Center participant, you hire more than an employee—you hire an entire team behind him/her dedicated to supporting the career goals of those whom we serve. As an employer, you can:
• Earn tax credits and other incentives offered exclusively to employers who hire individuals with I/DD;
• Reduce new employee training expense and time with on-the-job support and follow-up services offered by Loveland Supported Employment specialists;
• Foster engagement and success in the workplace since participants are dedicated and loyal employees;
• Inspire staff by the camaraderie and a positive effect that participants bring to the team;
• Receive information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
*Funding for this program is provided, in part, by the United Way of South Sarasota County.