Employee Development (E.D.) Program

Employee Development Program The Employee Development Program (E.D.) is designed to serve individuals who need basic job preparation and paid work experience in a structured group setting. Participants come to Hire-Ability’s workshop setting five days a week and are assigned a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who provides job skills training, conducts classes and follows their progress in the program.

The E.D. program assists participants in reaching
their optimal level of vocational development by utilizing real work activity to aid them in the following areas:

  • Understanding the meaning, value and demands of work
  • Identifying special work characteristics needed to obtain competitive employment
  • Learning or re-establishing skills, attitudes, personal characteristics and work behavior
  • Developing appropriate work attitudes and habits by increasing interpersonal skills
  • Working closely with treatment providers to identify psychiatric symptoms that create barriers to employment

The majority of the program is conducted in an assembly warehouse setting. Participants are in charge of assembling products that will be sold in the competitive marketplace.

Job Preparation

  • Job preparation classes and counseling
  • Individual vocational counseling
  • Classes on work habits and attitudes, personal care, communication skills and independent living skills

Vocational Support Services

  • Early identification of psychiatric relapse signs and proper interventions
  • Coordination/collaboration with other treatment providers
  • Vocational milieu support provided by trained staff, program participants and volunteers

There are on-going written evaluations and progress reports on employment skills and vocational goals. These include but are not limited to:

  • Productivity
  • Work quality
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Dress and Grooming
  • Communication with others
  • Group Participation
  • Work Endurance


  • Graduation and placement in our Employment Services Program to obtain competitive employment, if appropriate
  • On a case-by-case system, participants will be referred to other vocational programs when appropriate
  • In some cases, volunteering or returning to school will be the outcome goal
Purpose The goal is to prepare participants for competitive employment through basic job preparation and paid work experience in a structured group setting.
Basic Information • Participants engage in basic job skills and soft skills training (eg. attendance, punctuality, work endurance, communication skills, grooming, etc.) through assembly and packaging work and unpaid job preparation classes.
• 15:1 participant to staff ratio
Schedule • Services are provided at Hire-Ability Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
• Length of program is individually based
Compensation, if any Participants are paid at piece-rate
Admission Procedure Admission is on-going and is dependent on group size. Participants must be receiving mental health services through CBHS.