Supported Employment

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

In the Supported Employment Program we will act as a Case Manager to provide goal-oriented and individualized supports focusing on improved vocational self-sufficiency for the consumer served through assessment, planning, linkage, advocacy, coordination, and monitoring activities. We feel that successful services coordination results in community opportunities and increased independence for the consumers served.

Our Employment Program’s approach means thinking about each consumer’s wants and preferences, and about how our support could be designed to meet them. It calls into question the conventional assumptions about what people with developmental disabilities need to live and feel valued in the community. We continue to examine our values and the strategies to reduce the hurdles that our consumers face; so that we can better improve our supports.

Some examples of the quality results that we desire for our consumers, within the employment component of the Employment Programs may include:

  • Increased wages
  • Increased skills
  • Meeting consumer goals
  • Increased work hours
  • Movement to competitive employment
  • Career growth
  • Employment in an integrated environment
  • Meaningful work
  • Opportunities to feel valued

Our employment training components will be;

  • Assessments
  • Training and Education
  • Community Development and Job Search
  • Business Enterprise (Self-Employment)
  • Transportation

Regular reporting and assessments of the skills development will be ongoing and shared with the consumers and whoever they wish to have access to them.

Training and Education – Employment skills training and education will assist a consumer in seeking employment by acquiring a broad range of skills necessary for employment. Sometimes this training will include on the job training or formal and informal classroom/educational settings.

Some examples of the quality results which we desire to achieve for our consumers may include:

  • Specific marketable skills
  • Enhancement of their employment skills
  • Enhancement of job ready material (resume, labour market trends)
  • Basic academic , self-care, and communication skills
  • Work attitudes
  • Interpersonal relationships with coworkers
  • Job-site safety practices
  • Self-advocacy and assertiveness skills
  • Career planning
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Use of community services and resources

COPP—Consumer Outcomes Progress Plan

All participants will have a COPP developed where it identifies the consumer’s goals, strategies, person(s) responsible and review dates. Regular review and reports are made on the progress of the participant.

Referral Process

All referrals are made through the Community Living British Columbia (CLBC). Contact your CLBC Facilitator at 250-847-7780 to apply for our services.

Program Lengths

The duration is for a pre-determined time period. This will be identified at the time of intake. Typically, the length will not exceed two (2) years. If further time is deemed necessary, a review will be conducted and either the consumer will receive an extension, or be referred to another program.

Staff Qualifications

Our staff must meet the minimum requirement of Grade 12, with experience and/or post secondary education as an asset; valid first-aid and CPR certificate; cleared criminal record search; and TB tested.. The staff must be able to use appropriate judgment, initiative, ingenuity and common sense in deciding appropriate formal management of behaviour and program structure. We currently have over 36 years of collective experience in the Social Services Sector as part of the Supported Employment Program.