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 with students to a work site.
On-site jobs have your student working in our cafeteria, filling vending machines, distributing notices to staff, detailing vans and recycling bottles/can. Your student may also have the opportunity to develop data entry and other administrative computer-based skills. These on-site tasks, most likely, will be some of the first jobs your student will be taught after he/she has practiced completing a variety of pre-vocational skills.
After your student has mastered some basic vocational skills and work habits, your student may work in a community job site with one of our job coaches or on property with our maintenance and culinary staff. Some examples of our community-based worksites include: D’Angelo’s Sandwich Shop, Rebecca’s Café and Waverley Oaks Athletic Club. Plus new opportunities are always being sought and developed.
At 14 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 will work in community-based jobs 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 a nearby location. Guild students who are engaged in formal travel training experience all forms of public transportation – first with staff members, then being shadowed and then possibly independently.