Customized Employment (Virtual July 29-Aug 02 2024)

Customized Employment (CE) is a unique supported employment process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. CE seeks to capitalize on individual strengths, identifying employment opportunities for job seekers with more complex needs or those that have had difficulty securing employment. In this course, students will be introduced to the five essential components of CE: 1) Discovery, 2) Job Search Planning, 3) Job Development, 4) Negotiation, and 5) Post-Placement Support. Through lecture, dialogue, sharing and interactive sessions, students will develop a range of competencies within these components that will enable them, in collaboration with the job seeker, to find meaningful paid employment in the community. The student is encouraged to work through the activities with a specific client in mind. The training has been developed to include material relevant to the current BC labour market and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this training, you will:

  • Understand and articulate the evolution of community-based services and importance of employment as an adult role in society
  • Be able to identify the core components of CE
  • Be able to distinguish CE from other models of supported employment
  • Understand and articulate the importance of Discovery in developing a foundation for employment
  • Understand and articulate the identification, facilitation, and importance of natural worksite supports
  • Understand and articulate that jobs are created by profits
  • Understand and articulate how CE job development differs from traditional placement approaches
  • Understand and articulate the role negotiation plays in job development

Supported Employment Fundamentals (Virtual October 21-25, 2024)

This five-day, 35-hour training is organized into five modules. Each module includes several lessons, with a number of topics in each lesson. The training incorporates a combination of presentations, discussions, guest speakers, activities, exercises and field study.  Participants work individually as well as in small and large groups.

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this training, you will have gained:

  • Enhanced understanding, knowledge and ability to support individuals who choose employment.
  • Increased expertise, confidence and knowledge about Supported Employment models, strategies, training approaches, and best practices.
  • Improved community, business and professional networking strategies.
  • Increased capacity to deliver successful Supported Employment.

The various stages of Supported Employment including transitions, employment and career planning, job development, marketing and job coaching will all be discussed and practiced in an interactive, hands-on method. Resources and tools will be shared and developed for your specific program needs.

Customized Self-Employment Training (Langley November 6 & 7, 2024)

Customized Self-employment or microenterprise development provides an often untapped option for Job Seekers (and their supporters) to consider when seeking meaningful employment. In this 2 day 15 hour training, you will participate in small groups (using sample business ideas such as bath products, dog walking, or lawn cutting) and go through practical exercises on competitive research, peer research, financial research, one page business planning, the basics of marketing, basics of selling, customer service and finding supporters.

Learning Outcomes

You will leave with the knowledge on how to know if an idea will work, how it would work and how to support a job seeker succeed in Self Employment.

Customized Employment (Virtual Dec 09-13, 2024)

Customized Employment (CE) is a unique supported employment process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. CE seeks to capitalize on individual strengths, identifying employment opportunities for job seekers with more complex needs or those that have had difficulty securing employment. In this course, students will be introduced to the five essential components of CE: 1) Discovery, 2) Job Search Planning, 3) Job Development, 4) Negotiation, and 5) Post-Placement Support. Through lecture, dialogue, sharing and interactive sessions, students will develop a range of competencies within these components that will enable them, in collaboration with the job seeker, to find meaningful paid employment in the community. The student is encouraged to work through the activities with a specific client in mind. The training has been developed to include material relevant to the current BC labour market and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this training, you will:

  • Understand and articulate the evolution of community-based services and importance of employment as an adult role in society
  • Be able to identify the core components of CE
  • Be able to distinguish CE from other models of supported employment
  • Understand and articulate the importance of Discovery in developing a foundation for employment
  • Understand and articulate the identification, facilitation, and importance of natural worksite supports
  • Understand and articulate that jobs are created by profits
  • Understand and articulate how CE job development differs from traditional placement approaches
  • Understand and articulate the role negotiation plays in job development