Vocational Skills Training Services

Vocational skills training provides people with disabilities work experiences, hands-on training and support to overcome barriers and learn employability skills. The primary focus of this program addresses the specific employment behaviors and skills that will lead to their highest level of employability. The program is tailored to meet the individual’s needs and can be provided as an integrated facility-based program, community-based program, or a combination of both. The hands-on work experience and support provided on VPI’s work floor, along with community activities and clubs, are designed to enhance the employability skills of every individual.

Vocational Skills Training Process

Individualized Training Program:

  • Individualized rehabilitation plan addresses specific needs
  • On the work floor and within the prevocational program
  • Supplemental activities and clubs designed to enhance teamwork and employability skills
  • >95% will participate in community field trips to learn about employment opportunities, ascertain interests, observe workers, and gain exposure to specific skills that need to be developed prior to employment

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In-person Classroom Instruction:

  • Learn how to effectively communicate with supervisors and co-workers
  • Learn how to understand and follow supervisors’ instructions
  • Learn how to practice workplace hygiene and follow dress code
  • Learn how to practice effective workplace behavior and social conduct

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Small Group Training, Coaching & Support:

In-House Cohort

  • 3-8 individuals + Employment Skills Trainer completing tasks together
  • Perform non-production, work-related tasks including but not limited to: mowing lawn, janitorial, cleaning, painting and clerical
  • Perform activities in a collaborative environment and experience new employment opportunities

Community-Based Cohort

  • 3-5 individuals + Employment Skills Trainer complete a job together in the community
  • Gain experience working in the community
  • Jobs may include but not be limited to: folding laundry, stocking shelves, janitorial, landscaping, and other hands-on work
  • Gain experience working with a diverse group of individuals in the community
  • >90% of all participants graduate to the next level of training or are successfully employed within the community!

Community Outings for Job Exploration

  • Tour a variety of businesses
  • Explore a variety of employment opportunities in the community
  • Meet and greet with individuals with disabilities that progressed through Valley Packaging’s prevocational training program and are now successfully working in the community

Define Success Through Individual Outcomes

  • Set individual and measurable goals related to communication, following directions, completing tasks, solving problems, coordinating transportation, practicing effective workplace behaviors, and practicing consistent attendance
  • Assess goal progress via informal coaching and formal documentation every 6 months
  • Set new goals and/or advance participant to next level of training or employment placement

For more information, contact VPI’s Rehabilitation Services Director #920-749-5859 or email at rehabinfo@vpind.com