VocRehab Transition Counselors and Youth Employment Specialists from the Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR) have been working in collaboration with high schools across the state to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services. The law requires us to provide these services to students, and we are always working on the best way to team with high schools across Vermont.
VocRehab counselors want you to be successful, whether that means getting a job, going to school to train for a new career, or receiving supports to help you improve in your current job. Together, you and your counselor will explore different options to help you achieve success. The services you receive will be determined by you and your counselor and will depend on your needs, interests and goals. Since we try to tailor our services to the needs of each person, the services and supports you receive may be different from other job seekers.
If you visit one of our local offices, our staff will ask for some very basic information from you to get started and may also ask you to attend an orientation. Our orientation is designed to introduce you to VocRehab Vermont and all the services we have to offer.
What are your career goals? At VocRehab, we don’t just want to help you get a job, we want to also help you plan and achieve a satisfying career path. Every job seeker has unique needs, skills and challenges, so we adapt our services to meet those needs, build out skills and address challenges. Services can include assessment, helping you to figure out what you really want to do, talking about your goals and barriers to finding employment, and assistance for purchasing items related to work.
A wide range of services for Vermonters who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or late-deafened are available from the Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RCD's):
If you are 55 or older, unemployed and meet certain income requirements, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program enrolls qualified mature workers in part-time training positions in public or nonprofit organizations, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers and senior centers. These positions are temporary and are designed to help participants in their career search.
This program assists Vermonters who are receiving Social Security Benefits (SSI or SSDI). If you are interested in returning to work but you are concerned about what will happen to your benefits and health care if you do work, VR Benefits Counselors can help. In most cases, people on Social Security Disability benefits are financially better off if they work – as long as they understand the work incentives. Our Benefits Counselors can help you:
What if you’re interested in trying a job in a new industry but you have no experience? What if you’re not sure whether a different work environment will be a good match with your disability? Progressive employment may be the answer.