The Guild blends vocational services across your student’s time with us in a variety of ways. The Guild also personalizes the vocational goals, objectives and experiences to the interests and skills of your student. However, the overall goal for all students is to have them reach their highest and most independent level of vocational skill development.
Vocational training opportunities are planned and implemented by The Guild’s Employment Services staff members who serve as job developers and job coaches. When you visit, you may see them throughout the school or heading out to a work site.
On-site jobs include working in our coffee shop and cafeteria, filling vending machines and distributing notices to staff. These on-site tasks may be some of the first jobs your student will be taught after he/she masters needed pre-vocational skills.
If your student has mastered some basic and necessary vocational and behavioral skills, your student may work in a community job site with one of our job coaches or on property with our maintenance staff.
Our community-based worksites include:
Beaver Brook Pediatrics
D’Angelo’s Sandwich Shop
Franklin Park Zoo
Waverley Oaks Athletic Club
Belmont Media Center
Additionally, our neighboring businesses in the Waverley Oaks Office Park collaborate with us in our recycling initiative. Recyclables are collected and brought to Waltham Bottle and Can Return.
At 15 years of age, your student will begin being paid for any completed work shifts. Your student certainly will like being paid for what he/she does. Plus, it allows us to teach your student money skills, banking and budgeting.
Knowing that some Guild students may work independently or semi-independently in the community after leaving The Guild, travel training becomes an important part of the work we do with and for your student. If safe and appropriate to do so, your student may eventually learn to walk or ride a bike to school. Guild students who are engaged in travel training experience all forms of public transportation – first with staff members, then being shadowed and then possibly independently.