We want to take this time to thank you for helping him find his place in life, a good job and
seeing that he has had the training to make life easy for himself and to become a productive person.
– Brother of a client
County, Washington as the premier employment agency for job seekers with disability-related barriers to employment. Our success and the success of our clients is a result of:
- Experienced, dedicated staff
- Well-established relationships with employers in every industry in the community
- In-depth knowledge of the maze of community and government agencies
- A sound professional reputation in the community
- A real passion for what we do
Vocational and Interest Testing – Our staff conducts thorough interviews with every participant and has available a comprehensive array of testing measures to help determine an appropriate job goal based on aptitudes, skills and interests. Testing measures are designed for individuals of all levels of reading and comprehension. Our goal in the vocational exploration phase of services is to identify a small number of potential job goals to focus either community assessments or job placement efforts.
Community Based Assessment – For selected individuals we may arrange to have ‘trial’ work experiences at different employer sites in the community to help narrow job interests or to assess one’s needs for on-the-job training in a real work environment. Employment Services has relationships with many employers in several different fields of work for these types of job trials.
Job Placement Services – Employment Services develops a personalized employment plan, including job goals, with each of our program participants. Experienced Job Developers will then work with the participant in identifying potential placement opportunities with employers in the community. We will help the participant prepare application materials and/or a resume, practice interview techniques, and support the entire interview and placement process. Our success in finding appropriate and rewarding placement opportunities for our participants is reflected in the job retention rate: over 60% of our participants have remained on the job for more than three years.
On-the-Job Training – Job Coaches work with the participant and the employer after a placement has been achieved to train the participant in the job duties required and to consult with work supervisors and peers to build the needed natural support systems at work. Job Coaches are also available to assist participants in learning new skills on-the-job that will enable advancement in their chosen work. Services are tailored to each participant’s individual needs.
Employment Support Services – Beyond training of participants and employers, our staff will coordinate work-related needs such as transportation, acquire special tools needed for the job, and coordinate the participant’s natural support systems. Our efforts foster our participants’ independence as productive members of the community.