OOD Services

Job Development

Job development and placement services provide individualized continual support to job seekers and local employers. Turning Gears’ Job Developers assist individuals with disabilities find employment by preparing them to apply, interview, and secure a job. Job Development Services are individualized based on the person’s skills, past work experience and vocational goal.  Job Developers train and support individuals in all aspects of the job search; assisting with the identification of transferable skills, resume development, interviewing techniques, responding to job opportunities and finalizing an employment offer. Job Developers will assist individuals in addressing any barriers they may face on the path towards employment.

Job Developers will assist individuals in addressing any barrier they may face on the path toward employment. Turning Gears has an unparalleled retention rate, 85% of the individuals with barriers who are placed, remain in their job. Turning Gears takes pride in ensuring individuals are matched with the right positions, thus eliminating additional costs for employers in the hiring process.

Below is a video regarding one of many companies we find that are committed to hiring individuals with disabilities. The video wonderfully show the impact that employment can have on individuals with disabilities and the impact those individuals can have on the companies that hire them.

 

Community Based Assessment/Work Adjustment 

A Community Based Assessment (CBA) identifies an individual’s strengths, skills, resources and potential barriers to employment, while providing opportunities in career exploration, vocational training and the attainment of new or additional employment skills.

Turning Gears gives employers the opportunity to utilize this sector of the workforce by offering supervised training at no cost to employers. Training Consultants provide guidance and feedback to the individual throughout the assessment. In addition, employees in this program are covered under Turning Gears’ workers’ compensation insurance.

Following the completion of a Community Based Assessment, an individual can participate in a Work Adjustment (WA) program for additional training in building work skills. Work Adjustment will assist an individual in developing or further enhancing their work skills and behaviors in order to move towards employment.

The benefits of the Work Adjustment program is the focus on increasing work performance and addressing issues that would interfere with an individual being successfully employed.

Turning Gears has a number of work sites that participate in the CBA/WA program. The interests and goals of the individual are considered when determining which work site(s) an individual will complete their assessment. Some of our current work sites include:

Big Lots                                               Residence Inn                                       Kravitz Delicatessen
Walgreens                                           Hampton Inn                                         Nutrition Group
Mercy Health                                       Fairfield Inn                                           Pete’s Little Penguins

 

Summer Youth Work Experience 

The Summer Youth Work Experience (SYWE) provides high school students with career exploration, vocational training and the attainment of new or additional employment skills in a variety of settings to assist them in the transition from school to work. Our goal is to prepare students to utilize the skills acquired during the program, enabling them to become gainfully employed.

In addition to paid work experience at local companies, the SYWE students participate in educational activities including meditation, art and dance classes. Students participate in these activities in conjunction with work skills such as: teamwork, ho to communicate in a work environment, building self-confidence, how to learn from mistakes, following directions, perseverance, and self-evaluation.

Dance lessons support listening and non-verbal communication skills, how to focus attention to tasks, physical dexterity and social interaction. SYWE students participate in meditation at the Turning Gears office. Meditation is a proven stress reliever to encourage positive coping with life stressors. All activities will take place at the Turning Gears EmploymentCenter. Some of our SYWE work sites for 2018 include:

Residence Inn                                        Mercy Health Hospital                                        Big Lots
Hampton Inn                                           White Oak Manor                                               Nutrition Group