Services that provide learning and work experiences, including volunteer work, where the individual can develop general, non-job-task-specific strengths and skills that contribute to employability in paid employment in integrated community settings. Services may include training in effective communication with supervisors, coworkers and customers; generally accepted community workplace conduct and dress; ability to follow directions; ability to attend to tasks; workplace problem solving skills and strategies; and general workplace safety and mobility training. Prevocational Training is intended to be a service that participants receive over a defined period of time and with specific outcomes to be achieved in preparation for securing competitive, integrated employment in the community for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. Prevocational Training services cannot be delivered within a sheltered workshop. Supports are delivered in a face-to-face setting, either one-on-one with the participant or in a group of two to eight participants.
All providers of Prevocational Training services must comply with the standards set forth in this manual. In addition, Prevocational Training providers shall complete State/Federal Criminal Background checks and Central Registry checks for all staff, drug tests as applicable under Stephen Komninos’ Law, and ensure that all staff successfully completes the Division mandated training,
are a minimum of 18 years of age, and possess a valid driver’s license and abstract (not to exceed 5 points) if driving is required.
Examples of Prevocational Training
*Please note that examples are not all inclusive of everything that can be funded through this service
· Job Clubs
· Basic computer skill classes
· Developing effective communication with supervisors, coworkers, customers
· Learning about and developing skills related to professional conduct, attire, following directions, attending to task, solving problems at the work-site · Improving/learning workplace safety · Volunteer experiences (in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act)