Vocational Independence Preparation (VIP)
This prevocational program is the next step toward preparing individuals to independently rejoin the workforce. Individuals first participate in employment training through paid onsite work, like light assembly and packaging. This work is supported with employment training classes to model and practice employment skills.
Once these skills are accomplished, individuals can work on increasing the productivity and quality of onsite work, add supported employment training both onsite and in the community, and prepare for on-the-job evaluation in the community. This stage focuses on skills like:
- Travel and mobility training
- Communication skills
- Job search skills
- Stress management skills
- Money management skills
- Relationship skills
- Safety skills
As individuals increase their skills and achieve growth, they will be ready to move to a community Supported Employment Team (SET). This in-between step will further prepare individuals for independent jobs through community work and ongoing classes.