Supportive Employment offers job-related supports to adults age 18 or older so they can successfully find and maintain long-term employment.
Individuals may receive support in the following areas:
- Job search
- Job exploration
- Job retention
- Development of daily living activities
- Development of work skills
- Transportation training
- Facilitation of coworker and co-agency involvement
- Personal finances or budgeting
- Development of employment-related social skills
An employment specialist works directly with each person, and together they build a résumé, find potential employers, submit applications, and practice interview skills. More specific job development varies depending on each person’s interests and aptitude.
Before a person begins their job search, Supportive Employment may be used to provide work assessments at a Transitional Employment site or a business in the community. These community-based work assessments give individuals an opportunity to gain experience at a competitive job to discover if it’s something they would like to pursue as a career.
Once an individual gains competitive employment, the employment specialist may provide on-site job coaching, off-site mentoring, or a combination, depending on the individual’s needs and wishes. Over time, the individual’s natural supports take the place of the employment specialist.
Supportive Employment is a short-term, time-limited service that ends when Gateway Employment Group and the individual agree that the person can maintain competitive employment without further support.