Work Experience Program
Prepares participants seeking employment in a variety of employment industries. This 10-week training program allows participants to learn industry specific work skills in order to demonstrate their ability to add value to core business operations. Participants must agree to seek paid employment upon program completion and work 12-15 hours a week. Once participants complete the training program, Foundation staff work with community employers to help in securing permanent employment positions for program graduates.
Interested in becoming an employer partner? Learn more here.
Work Experience Program Partners:
March 23- May 27, 2021
June 8 – August 12, 2021
September 7 – November 11, 2021
Thank You to Our Supporters!
The Work Experience Program is made possible thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Mitsubishi Electric Foundation.
Vocational Rehabilitation Vendor Services
Employment Services provided to VR Participants designed to assist in securing & maintaining integrated, competitive employment. This includes services provided both prior to & after job placement. Services can include developing employability skills, assisting with job development, providing job leads, assisting with the interview process, and Job Coaching.
Self-Advocacy Training is a service designed to prepare individuals on how to better communicate their strengths, abilities, interest, and needs when interviewing with potential employers or applying to trade schools, colleges, or universities. Students who participate in this service learn how to represent themselves and make decisions that affect their lives. Throughout the training, students learn skills that increase confidence and self-esteem while helping them develop a sense of independence and self-empowerment.
Employment Enhancement Program (EEP)
Once VR resources have been exhausted, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) can help fund supported employment services to individuals on the APD Waiting List. The EEP can help fund services for our clients to help them find and maintain competitive employment and participate in meaningful internships that have a high likelihood of resulting in competitive employment.
Individuals meeting the criteria in any Florida county may be considered for participation in the EEP. Els for Autism staff will work with APD to assist young adults who are leaving school, and others who are currently on the APD Waiting List, to secure competitive employment.
For each person who participates as a job seeker in the EEP, APD will allocate funds to provide the following services: Supported Employment coaching to secure a good job match; Supported Employment follow-along services to help retain the job; assistance with transportation needed for work and securing paid internships as pathways to competitive employment.