NABA Employment Services
In addition to vision rehabilitation therapy (VRT), orientation and mobility training, social work, and low vision, NABA provides a variety of programs for consumers to prepare them for the field of work.
Depending upon factors such as age, skills, and prior employment, consumers may participate in some or all of NABA’s vocational services. These include pre-vocational training, work experience training, work readiness groups, job seeker workshops, and placement services.
NABA rehabilitation staff strive to prepare consumers to be successful employees at their desired vocation, working to develop skills, foster growth of confidence, and gain independence in obtaining employment.
Two programs are available for teens, ages 14-18. The first is a prerequisite to participating in summer employment and the second, SKILLS (Success is Knowledge, Independence, and Lifelong Learning for Students). In the first program, students attend a two-day NABA program, where they have the opportunity to try out various entry-level tasks to help NABA employment specialists assess work readiness abilities, strengths, and interests.
This information will assist in finding the most suitable position for participants in the Work Experience Training (WET) program. Topics such as appropriate work attire, workplace behaviors, résumé writing, where to look for jobs, how to fill out an employment application, and interview guidelines are explored.
Work Experience Training (WET) Program
NABA offers an employment program for individuals seeking an opportunity to try new jobs, get a head start in their careers, and build résumés for future, long-term employment. The WET program offers a six-to-eight-week work experience. In 2018, 31 participants throughout the NABA service area gained employment experience.
They learned skills working in a wide range of industries, including childcare, grocery stores, fitness gyms, media and graphic design, office work, customer service, and retail locations.
Job Placement Services
Candidates in the placement program are assessed and provided assistance with job seeking activities and job development, as
needed. Once hired, NABA provides support to the employer and employee for the first three months of employment to ensure that the transition into the new position is smooth and successful.
Partnering with NABA’s placement program allows employers an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce while hiring pre-screened and qualified individuals.
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