Employee Development and Training

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Employee Development and Work Adjustment Training

Employee Development and Work Adjustment Training is comprehensive, individualized, and designed to develop or reestablish skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, work behaviors, and functional capacities in order to achieve positive employment outcomes. Services are time limited and can be provided directly to person seeking employment or indirectly through employer/employee support programs.

Job services are provided at the job site and can include counseling, intensive job training, and development of work habits, and behaviors appropriate for the work environment. Prior to completion of the program, a review is held utilizing input from the program participant, staff, families, advocates, funders, and other involved agency representatives to determine the potential for competitive employment, additional training, or the transition to other Goodwill programs.

Training provides:

  • Assessment
  • Social skills
  • Individual goal setting
  • Vocational skills training
  • Paid work opportunities
  • Work and work related activities in the least restrictive environment available

Extended Employment Services

Extended Employment Services are designed to provide paid and unpaid work activities to adults with barriers to employment. Services are flexible and may include work in either center-based operations or off site work crews based in a community settings. The program provides a place of employment for individuals with an interest and ability to maintain employment with support services.

Support from trained, professional staff encourages good work habits, acceptable attendance, safe work practices, including the proper care and handling of equipment and materials. Work tolerance, quality of work, and a work pace consistent with the individual’s needs are developed and encouraged. Work activities, adequate supervision and skill development are provided. Opportunities to be engaged in productive work are offered through a variety of diverse vocational choices. Regular reviews are completed to ensure that the individual is assessed as to their potential and interest for competitive placement. These services are provided in Goodwill center-based operations and in off site work crews.

Community Work Adjustment Training

Goodwill Community Work Adjustment Training is designed to help individuals with disabilities to develop skills and formulate plans to prepare for and obtain successful employment in the community. Individuals work in Goodwill stores and area businesses where real world work opportunities are offered to assess a person’s abilities, interest and job skills.

Goodwill staff works with individuals in the community for a period of 30 to 120 days through the Community Work Adjustment Training program. The purpose of the program is to help individuals understand the meaning, value, and demands of work and to establish effective work skills, attitudes, and behaviors.

Individuals eligible for this program must be legally able to work in the United States, have a documented disability that is a barrier to employment, require services to gain employment, have a funding source-typically the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, or be able to purchase service on their own, and have the ability to care for personal needs, or have aid to assist with needs.

Community Work Adjustment Training operates Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3pm.

Employment Related Training Activities

  • Positive work attitude
  • Time management
  • Appropriate dress & hygiene
  • Adaptability
  • Conflict resolution
  • Customer service
  • Punctuality & attendance
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Counseling for job retention
  • Attention to work responsibilities

Employee Development and Training is offered to individuals living in the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Wythe, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Galax, Lexington, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem.

For more information on Employee Development and Training programs, e-mail info@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 581.0620 option 2.