ERIC Number: ED277847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Pathways to Employment. Strategies for Assisting Hard-to-Employ People.
Vera Inst. of Justice, New York, NY.
This guide explains how to establish a program of supported work that can be used to enable hard-to-employ individuals (including disabled persons, ex-offenders, and rehabilitated drug and alcohol abusers) to obtain and retain jobs. The program described is based on the following five concepts: real job assignments, graduated stress, sympathetic yet firm supervision, regular evaluation and feedback, and opportunities for peer support. The guide is divided into sections addressing the following topics: the main elements of the program, needs assessment, advisory committees (establishing a network of colleagues), program funding, outreach and intake (introducing the program to referral agencies and interviewing applicants), program staffing considerations, job development (finding training sites and arranging for competetive employment), supervisor orientation (acquainting supervisors with the program and ascertaining their needs), methods of counseling trainees, disciplinary procedures (handling serious work-related problems that have resisted counseling), ancillary services (providing referrals for trainees with additional needs), follow-up (offering gradually reduced supports to former trainees), and the importance of staying on top of a program. (MN)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Career Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Employment Counselors, Employment Services, Financial Support, High Risk Persons, Job Development, Needs Assessment, Outreach Programs, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Special Programs, Staff Development, Supervisory Training, Transitional Programs, Unemployment
Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI 54751.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Vera Inst. of Justice, New York, NY.