Helping Students Reach Their Employment Goals
A meaningful job can change a life. Pine Tree Society’s Career Development Department is a licensed Community Rehabilitation Provider working with Maine’s Division of Rehabilitation Services to transform the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful employment.
Pine Tree Society is a provider of the Maine Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Progressive Employment activities to assist youth in preparing for the transition from school to work.
We aim to help bridge the gap between high school and adulthood by assisting teens and young adults between the ages 14 -22 prepare for the transition from school to work. We assist individuals who have little or no work history with an opportunity to explore possible careers through short-term work experiences.
The Vocational Rehabilitation counselor will work with the student and other people involved with the student’s planning to assist the student through the process of making informed choices about future jobs and careers.
What is Progressive Employment?
Progressive Employment, also known as Career Development or Pre-Employment, is an employment strategy that provides individuals who have little or no work history, low skill levels, or other barriers a way into paid employment that builds momentum and provides a means to increase skill level and confidence.
Key Principals of Progressive Employment:
- Everyone is ready for something.
- Small success leads to further success.
- Progressive Employment provides flexibility and creativity based on each person’s or employer’s situation.
- It is low risk for both the employer and the participant.
- Progressive Employment is an engagement strategy and eliminates the need to be “job ready.”
Progressive employment is:
- A series of placement options geared to the skill level of the individuaL e.g. company tour, job shadow, short-term work experience.
- A method to evaluate existing work skills, reduce fear and identify training, support or accommodation needs.
- A way to develop interpersonal and customer service skills.
- An opportunity for individuals to explore possible careers in short-term placements.
- A way to introduce a candidate to a prospective employer.
- A tool to build a resume and professional references.
- A proven method to increase employers’ understanding of disabilities.
Our team of experienced Employment Specialists can help teens with disabilities prepare for a brighter future with a rewarding career. Contact us today.
- Residents of Androscoggin, York, Cumberland or Sagadahoc county
- Ages 16 to 24
- You must be working with a Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor. If you are not currently working with a Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor, we can help connect you to that service.
No prior work experience is necessary to participate.