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Employment Services

Individualized services were provided to 190 persons in the Employment Services (ES) program during 2015. 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

Last year 54 persons who received assistance from the Employment Services program obtained jobs in Pontiac and surrounding areas. The average wage was $8.91 per hour. These included jobs in the following areas:
  • Construction
  • Janitorial
  • Health Services
  • Factory labor
  • Restaurant-food service
  • Child Care
  • Retail
  • Cashier
  • Landscaping
  • 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 2015, 16 persons received Job Coach assistance to successfully work in the community. The average wage earned was $9.04 per hour for individuals in this program. Thirteen local businesses hired through the Supported Employment program.

They included work 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. 

Youth Employment Success

Funding provided by the Grundy-Livingston-Kankakee County Workforce Board allows Futures Unlimited to
provide individualized services to at-risk youth with significant barriers to employment. Services are tailored to each person’s specific needs
and may include GED preparation, job readiness training, job search
assistance, reading and math improvement, job coaching, and specialized vocational training such as nurse aid certification or fork lift training. Individuals must be between the age of 18 to 21and be considered "at-risk" to qualify for these services.