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Employment Services

Individualized services were provided to 146 persons in the Employment Services (ES) program during FY 16. Services include classroom and specialized training, job placement assistance, and as appropriate, work readiness and job skill training in the production workshop.

Job Placement

Futures Unlimited partners with the Department of Human Services and the Division of Rehabilitation Services to provide Job Placement Services to persons seeking employment in the community. Job placement services include:

  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Application assistance
  • Resume development
  • Help with job search
  • Employment referrals
  • Short and long-term help keeping a job

In 2016, 46 persons who received assistance from the Employment Services program obtained jobs in Pontiac and surrounding areas. The average wage was $9.10 per hour. These included jobs in the following areas:
  • Construction
  • Janitorial
  • Health Services
  • Factory labor
  • Restaurant-food service
  • Child Care
  • Retail
  • General Office
  • Sales
  • General Labor

Supported Employment

This program provides intensive supports to learn employment related skills and the soft skills necessary for job success. Job Coaches assist individuals to obtain
employment, learn specific job tasks, and acclimate to the worksite. A Job Coach specializes in helping workers with disabilities perform the tasks of their jobs successfully. This includes providing intensive monitoring, training, assessment and support to workers and facilitating healthy working relationships between management and co-workers.

In 2016, 16 persons received Job Coach assistance to successfully work in the community. The average wage earned was $9.28 per hour for individuals in this program. 

They had jobs in the following areas:
  • Factory
  • Janitorial
  • Retail
  • Food Service

Vocational Training

Futures Unlimited provides opportunities for individuals to receive hands on experience in learning vocational skills. The skills learned will help achieve success in the community by preparing these individuals for the workforce. This is not a permanent job but a training opportunity for individuals looking to obtain permanent employment within their community. Many of the individuals in this program have had great success in obtaining employment with the skills they have acquired.