Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

What is Pre-ETS?
Pre-ETS programming is available to students aged 14 – 22 with a documented disability who are enrolled in high school or post-secondary education/training.  The goal of Pre-ETS is to help students with disabilities explore, increase awareness, and prepare for post-secondary employment and education options through 5 core services – Job Exploration Counseling, Workplace Readiness Training, Work-based Learning Experiences, Counseling on Post-secondary Education or Training, and Self-advocacy and Peer Mentoring.

 

Pre-ETS Menu of Services

WHAT? WHY? WORK!” INTRO TO EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOPS
This group workshop is designed to encourage young people with disabilities to address the following (and additional) questions and themes:
• What work is
• Why we work
• Choice and Responsibility Inherent in Work
• Decision-making in work, school, and other settings
Potential Accommodations: Workshops are traditionally presented in a group setting, but additional opportunities can be scheduled upon request and as logistics allow.

1 ON 1 GOAL-SETTING / SERVICE PLAN MEETINGS
BCIL Pre-ETS staff will schedule 1 to 1 meetings with participants to develop a Pre-ETS Service Plan; define vocational and post-secondary education goals; and identify necessary steps toward achieving said goals.

JOB OBSERVATION TOURS
Pre-ETS staff will lead youth participants on pre-scheduled tours of their town’s local business and public buildings (i.e. restaurants/cafes, retail stores, libraries, and other establishments where work can be observed) and give them the opportunity to see different types of work in their own communities.
Potential Accommodations: BCIL Pre-ETS staff will develop a tour route and perform a dry-run to scout for any barriers for students with physical or sensory disabilities.

JOB/VOLUNTEER SEARCH WORKSHOPS
BCIL Pre-ETS staff will collaborate with local libraries and other community spaces to facilitate Job Search Workshops at local libraries and computer labs in service area communities to complete an interest assessment and identify several career paths that interest youth participants. Participants who are looking for school year and summer employment can also discover job/leadership program opportunities in their communities.
Potential Accommodations: Workshops are traditionally presented in a group setting, but additional opportunities can be scheduled upon request and as logistics allow.

YOUTH JOBS & RESOUCE FAIRS
BCIL Pre-ETS staff will assist youth in registering for youth jobs and resource fairs in their communities, including the annual DYEE Youth Jobs & Resource Fair, an event at the Reggie Lewis Track Center where youth can connect with over 200 employers and youth resources.

COLLEGE 101 WORKSHOPS
BCIL Pre-ETS staff will collaborate with BCIL TAP, Roxbury Community College, and other local community college staff to offer a College 101 workshop series that aims to give participants a basic understanding of the college process: how to apply; financial aid; exploration of different programs and asking for disability support services.

JOB SKILLS TRAINING WORKSHOP SERIES
BCIL Pre-ETS staff will facilitate interactive workshops that encourage participants to engage in interactive activities around conflict resolution, self-advocacy; disclosure and disability rights; interview etiquette; appropriate workplace behavior; resume building and cover letting writing; and displaying enthusiasm at work.

 For more information call the Boston Center for Independent Living at 617-338-6665 or email bcilyouthservices@bostoncil.org