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The Supported Employment Program aims to facilitate the identification and fulfillment of self-directed vocational goals for adults with developmental disabilities who want to integrate into the workforce. We provide an experienced job coach for each job start.
This coach will assist the employee and business owner or manager in whatever way they need in order to train the employee to perform the job. Each individual client is assessed and monitored to ensure compliance of their placement with the requirements of the Employment Standards Act.
Individuals accepted must have a desire to set a vocational goal and be willing to acquire and demonstrate skills that indicate that they may be able to attain their stated vocational goals. Individuals must be independently mobile, with or without aids, and self-administer their medications. The Supported Employment Program charges no fee for its service to employers or job applicants.
A written plan is developed and implemented for each individual receiving services. Plans are reviewed annually but can be reviewed at any time, as requested by an individual. A Vocational Action Plan will be written with each client after an assessment of their vocational interests and work history.
Individuals are also encouraged to learn about a variety of community resources. Trained staff are employed to provide quality service.
Customized employment is an approach to helping individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment find and maintain jobs that match their unique skills, interests, and abilities. Instead of fitting individuals into existing job descriptions, customized employment involves tailoring job duties, schedules, and support structures to accommodate the specific needs and strengths of the individual.
Self-employment typically refers to a situation where an individual creates their own job or business tailored to their skills, interests, and lifestyle preferences. Rather than working for an employer, they take on various projects, freelance work, or start a business that aligns with their passions and abilities. Overall, self-employment offers autonomy, flexibility, and the opportunity to pursue work that is personally fulfilling and aligned with one’s values and goals.
Any resident of the Cowichan Valley who is 19+ and has a developmental disability and/or neurodiversity can access pre-employment training and secure employment by referral through Community Living BC (CLBC).