The Career Services department at Outside the Box provides job training, placement, job coaching, and follow along services for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. The goal of the program is to enable our clients to access and succeed in competitive employment positions, increasing their independence.
Working closely with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, OTB job coaches take the following steps to assist our clients:
- Assessment: We evaluate the interests, abilities, and experience of each participant and tailor the services to fit their needs and wants. This assessment is used to find positions that are the best fit for the individual.
- Job Development: Our job coaches contact local businesses to find appropriate positions. We also assist the client with the completion of applications, development of a resume, and prepare them for the job interview process.
- Job Support: Once a position is secured, the job coach will provide on-the-job support to the client, helping them become comfortable in the workplace, learn the necessary duties, and work in natural supports such as co-workers and supervisors.
- Supported Employment Follow Along: We work with the client’s team to determine the need for follow along services and provide long-term support on the job. This process begins after the client has been stable on the job and their case is closed with Vocational Rehabilitation Services, generally 90 days after placement, and usually continues for up to 18 months or more.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is approximately 75%. At Outside the Box, 40% of our clients with open cases are currently employed. We recently began a partnership with Ricker’s gas stations and four of our participants were hired in one month! We have placed clients in positions with other local businesses, local government, and large national corporations such as Walgreens, Panera Bread, Kohl’s, Darden Restaurants, and more.
For more information, please contact our Coordinator of Career Services, Matt Fultz. We look forward to helping you find a position that is a great fit. Our job is helping you succeed at yours!