Vocational Advocacy and Training, Inc. provides community-based assessments/ supplemental evaluations, job development and training to help job seekers find meaningful, competitive employment. VAT partners with different businesses in Gaston, Union, Stanley, and Lincoln counties where our participants can utilize their strengths and skills. After securing their desired job, Vocational Advocacy and Training consumers receive initial and ongoing job training, supervision, and support. Participating companies receive complementary recruiting and pre-screening of applicants, training and mentoring services, an enthusiastic employee who is ready to work and may also qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
Supplemental Evaluations / Community Based Assessments
Vocational Advocacy and Training, Inc. provides evaluation/skills assessments to determine consumer strengths, abilities, accommodations (if required), and level of support required to maintain competitive employment. Evaluation and assessment consist of the consumer working 1:1 with an Employment Counselor to address evaluations questions asked of the referring Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Activities consist of performing tasks in simulated work environments as well as the utilization of various employment assessment tools.
Work Adjustment Job Coaching / Supported Employment Services
Supported Employment and Work Adjustment Job Coaching consists of the following 4 milestones: 1) Consumer Intake: The intake process consists of reviewing the consumer handbook, gathering demographic information, and obtaining signatures on the various consent forms. (Approximately 1 hour) 2) Job Development: The Job Development process includes all employment preparatory activities i.e. mock interviews, resume development, application completion and employment interviews. The second phase of Job Development is concluded after the third day of employment and typically consist of new employee orientation, the completion of new hire paperwork/tax forms, understanding your schedule, arrival, and departure procedures etc. 3) Intensive Training: Intensive Training focuses on the consumer working 1:1 with the assigned vocational staff to ensure the acquisition of all tasks related to their employment. The vocational staff will prompt, instruct, model, demonstrate, reinforce, support, and guide the consumer until he/she demonstrates the ability to successfully maintain employment while utilizing natural supports. 4) Closure: The Closure process consists of a vocational staff meeting with the consumer twice per month to ensure that the consumer is continuing to progress in all training goal and employment tasks areas. Vocational staff discuss consumers progress and or areas of concerns with the consumers management/ supervisory staff and can offer additional training for new employment tasks not initially identified or to reinforce skills/ tasks that the consumer is having difficulties with. The closure period is concluded after 90 days post intensive training employment for Work Adjustment Job Coaching but continues throughout the term of employment for Supported Employment Services.
Community Inclusion Service
Community Inclusion is a time-limited service that focuses on Job Preparedness, Disability Awareness, Health and Safety Awareness, Independent Living and Self Advocacy. Community Inclusion services can be provided in person with social distancing, telephone, or remotely.
Supported Employment (b)(3)
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