Pre-Employment Transition Services is a specific set of service components funded by Vocational Rehabilitation and other adult service agencies for students with a disability who are enrolled in school.
Work Opportunities Unlimited (WOU) is approved to provide Pre-ETS in multiple states and draws upon substantial experience providing transition services to students and employment services to adults. Each state has the option to implement the Pre-ETS service components autonomously and therefore the manner in which the service is delivered may vary from state to state. For more information on the specific Pre-ETS services that are available and the details of service delivery, please contact the nearest WOU location near you. Below are the five standard Pre-ETS components:
- Workplace Readiness Training – This component consists of 6 hours of “classroom” training that can be provided in as small as 2-hour increments. The training can be provided in groups or individually at a school or community location to be determined. The training includes the following topics:
- Searching for Jobs
- The Job Application
- The Resume
- The Interview
- Maintaining Successful Employment
- Job Exploration Counseling – This component includes the completion of an interest inventory, a person-centered plan, a personal resume, and a mock interview. This service is provided 1:1 with the student and is designed to help them identify a job goal based on interests. In addition, training is provided to the student pertaining to effective communication with employers.
- Work-Based Learning Experience (WBLE) – The student participates in one, unpaid or paid temporary work experience at a community business. The location of the experience will be targeted based on the interests of the student. The experience will include feedback from the site supervisor and from observations conducted by the representative from WOU. The goal of the experience is to provide information that will help the student determine a path toward post-secondary employment.
- Post-Secondary Education Counseling – The duration and activities of this component are based on the needs of the student. Activities could include: on-line research into post-secondary education institutions that may be of interest to the student, registration and support with college tours, and research to determine the process for application.
- Self-Advocacy – During the Job Exploration Counseling component, the student participates in a person-centered planning process, which will serve as the mechanism for the student to identify their post-secondary goals. The process involves observation, personal interviews, and stakeholder feedback to gather information on skills, interests, personal network, learning style, preferred environments, and ultimately goals and action items pertaining to a career path and support needs. The process culminates in the opportunity for the student to present their plan to their transition team.