How the Employment Program Works
When a referral is received from one of our funding sources our staff reviews the file and schedules an assessment. This assessment provides the opportunity to determine a client’s wants and needs, including which skills need to be developed in order to obtain a successful job placement. Parents, case managers, and advocates are included in the assessment if appropriate.
When a potential job is located, the Job Coach will go on-site and learn how to do the job. Then the Job Coach will write a job and task analysis and describe the work environment. Defining clear expectations allows the job coach to make the perfect match for the job from our client pool.
Clients typically begin a job with a great deal of assistance from their Job Coach. The Job Coach gradually fades from working with the client as the individual becomes more proficient in their work performance. JCI’s individualized approach to placement, on-the-job training, continued support, and follow-along services have contributed to our success in supported employment. JCI believes that by designating a single Job Coach to each client we are able to help that client meet their individual goals much more effectively.
The best predictor we have found of a person’s ability and desire to perform a job is the chance to try it out. We recognize that businesses have many different standards and practices and we determine those before we recommend placement. We expect that individuals will earn their wages and cooperate with both the employer and the Job Coach. We are as much of an advocate for employers as we are for employees. It is made clear from the beginning that the client is the employee of the business that hires them, the client is not an employee of Job Connection, Inc.