As U.S. companies struggle to find workers, local program fills employment gap with smiling workforce of young adults with disabilities
– Philippe Canard
RED BANK, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – PROJECT SEARCH is a national and international program with approximately 600 sites serving young people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. In partnership with a local association, Associated with family resources (FRA), the SEARCH project is on track for a successful 100% placement rate for program graduates. According to Phillip Duck, Director of Employability at FRA, “Typically these are high school students who are in an Individual Education Program (IEP) and are in their final year of high school eligibility. Our specific program, which runs from August to June, takes place at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. In addition to high school students, we also serve young adults who are past school age. The goal for each intern is to get a competitive job after graduation in June. To achieve this goal, we provide them with real work experience and training in employability and independent living skills. ”
The Project SEARCH model involves a long period of professional training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term professional coaching, and continuous feedback from teachers, trainers and service supervisors to the hospital. As a result, at the end of the training program, students with significant intellectual disabilities are employed in non-traditional, complex and rewarding jobs.
Project SEARCH works with hospitality companies such as Monmouth Medical Center to train students for employment after graduation. Although the host company has no obligation to hire interns, Monmouth Medical Center has already employed two graduates from the 2021 program. Jarred works in materials management and Anthony has taken a position in food services. “Training from colleagues shows you how each department works based on their experience, which helps you learn every day,” Jarred explained, when asked how the program helped prepare for the job. ‘use. “When doing 3 placements, always ask your mentors for tips and advice to help you learn skills to use in the workplace. “
Indeed, 100% of interns in the first year program (2019-2020) are currently working, and the same result is expected for the group that just graduated in June 2021. “Three of the eight graduates this year have already been placed in jobs, ”Duck reports. “We are actively working with the other five to find integrated and competitive work opportunities. ”
Eight new interns will begin orientation for the Project SEARCH 2021-22 class starting this month, with the full training program officially starting in September. Project SEARCH will begin recruiting for the class from September 22 in the fall. Interested parties can learn more about the Project SEARCH organization at www.projectsearch.us. Residents of Monmouth County who wish to apply can download the application here.
Monmouth Medical Center Project RESEARCH