Employment Institute brings together employment specialists and AHS case managers

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2012

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Susan Wells
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Employment Institute brings together employment specialists and AHS case managers

Part of effort to expand job opportunities for those served through AHS

 South Burlington, VT – VocRehab Vermont will host the Employment Institute III on June 4 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, bringing together employment specialists and case managers serving clients of the Agency of Human Services (AHS) through Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS). CWS is an initiative designed to coordinate employer outreach across all departments of the Agency, thus eliminating duplicative outreach to employers and expanding job opportunities for those served through AHS programs.

The Institute will offer service providers the opportunity to hear innovations in employment assistance to individuals with barriers to employment such as disabilities, poverty and corrections involvement. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Paul Harrington, Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Drexel University, who is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of Human Resource Policy and Planning, Economics of Education and Workforce Development, and Higher Education Policy and Planning.

Dr. Harrington will discuss national trends in employer engagement and how to address employer fears about hiring candidates with barriers to employment using the consultative model versus “job development.” Dr. Harrington will also present a workshop about the pitfalls of labor market analysis, the challenges facing those with long-term unemployment, and how to use labor market information to help candidates identify career goals and options.

Other workshop topics will include the use of progressive employment as a tool for skill development and employer engagement, motivational interviewing, employment and substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, working with individuals with corrections involvement, employing survivors of traumatic brain injury and assistive technology for the workplace.

During the luncheon, the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities will present awards to individuals and companies who have exemplary practices in hiring individuals with disabilities and who have demonstrated innovative solutions for accessible buildings. This year’s award recipients are: James Consentino and Tadd Stone of Aramark at Johnson State College in Johnson;  Jeremy Metcalf of Sodexo at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester; Chris Loso of Loso’s Professional Janitorial Service in South Burlington;  Lloyd and Valerie Howes of Howes All-State Cleaning and Maintenance of Tilton, NH; Susan Sweetser of Our Lady of Providence in Winooski;  Wayne Snow of Ultravation, Inc in Poultney, and Karen Tronsgard-Scott of the VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Montpelier.

The Committee will also present a Media/Public Education award to Owen Milne of Corporate Accounts and Integrated Interiors at Red Thread in Williston for his dedication in promoting public awareness and understanding of employment options for individuals with disabilities.

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