Career Development Services provides three main kinds of employment support to our clients:
- Supported Employment
- Customized Employment
- Work experience
While there are many overlapping strategies between these models of support, all based on using individualized tools and techniques to assist job-seekers based on their unique needs and abilities, there are important differences.
Supported Employment and Customized Employment programs help clients find jobs in the broad community, working alongside people without disabilities. Their wages, benefits and working conditions comply with the Employment Standards Act and the standards of the industry. This employments is sometimes referred to as “real work for real pay.”
In general, someone who receives in a Supported Employment environment will work in a position that has a job description that is shared by all others doing the same tasks. An individual who receives Customized Support will, in most cases, be placed in a job that has been created especially for that person, to accommodate his or her unique needs and abilities.
Work experience, on the other hand, provides an honorarium for time worked. In some cases, work experience is the first stage of becoming part of the regular workforce; a time when individuals learn basic employment skills such as being on time, working with others, taking direction, and so on.
Supported Employment Stories – Pete and Rick
Customized Employment Stories – Rosie
Work Experience Stories
“CDS Supported Employment Program has been working for the City of Trail since 1991 in a partnership to provide a supported work environment for individuals with disabilities supported by job coaches. This crew works from March until mid-November beautifying the streets, parks and cemeteries within the City of Trail.
The crew is highly visible working throughout the City. Positive comments from the community and City administration for their hard work is acknowledged.
The crew has become a fixture in the community and due to its success, other neighbouring communities have inquired about the program to attempt to set up similar contracts in their towns.
This employment program is considered an annual contract the we budget for each year.”
Public Works, City of Trail