What is Supported Employment?

Developed in 1986, Supported Employment is a service to assist people with developmental disabilities to find employment and for businesses to reach a valuable and largely untapped workforce. Supported Employment provides on-the-job training and support to people with disabilities to enable them to be successful employees. Nationwide there are over 170,000 people with disabilities in the work force through supported employment.

Employer Benefits

  • Job Coaching that provides on-the-job training for newly hired workers as long as needed.
  • Lower turnover and reduced training costs save money.
  • Tax credits are available for employers who hire people through supported employment.
    (credit based on first $6,000 of wages earned during initial year of employment).
  • Improved customer loyalty: 1 in 10 of your customers has a family member with a disability and have the highest regard for businesses that employ people with disabilities.
  • It’s a free service! Supported Employment services are absolutely free to employers.

Types of Placement

Individual Placement: A Job Coach from EBI will provide on-the-job training 100% of the time during the first few weeks of an individual’s new job. The Job Coach will slowly decrease the time spent at the job site over the next six months as the individual gains confidence and skills to work independently. The Job Coach stays in contact with the individual and their employer and may increase time at the job site at any time if the person needs more support.

Group Placement: This is designed for individuals who need more experience and time to gain skills before moving into an individual placement. Four individuals at the same work site, working the same hours constitute a group placement. A full-time EBI Job Coach provides ongoing training and support to the individuals and the Job

Job Coaches

The Job Coast assists with:

» Learning job duties and employer policies.
» Building and maintaining positive relationships with co-workers and customers.
» Developing and maintaining a strong work ethic.
» Learning new responsibilities when they are assigned.
» Off the job issues that may effect performance at work (learning transportation routes, acquiring proper work attire,finding reliable childcare).

Supported Employment Impacts the Bottom Line

Savings on the cost of hiring and recruiting and initial training:

» Learning job duties and employer policies.
» Building and maintaining positive relationships with co-workers and customers.
» Developing and maintaining a strong work ethic.
» Learning new responsibilities when they are assigned.
» Off the job issues that may effect performance at work (learning transportation routes, acquiring proper work attire,finding reliable childcare).

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