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DVR on the Job Hiring and Training Initiative

Published on August 10, 2012, 10:08am CDT

“Let’s Get to Work” A Project for the Employment of Youth with Disabilities

In conjunction with

Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation’s on the Job Training Hiring Initiative

What is the “DVR on the Job Hiring and Training Initiative”?

This initiative will increase the number of transition-age youth with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities participating in paid, integrated, community employment.

As an employer, how does it affect me?

You can…

Add a qualified employee with a disability to your workforce with up to 100% of the salary and fringe benefits paid by DVR for up to 500 hours. This is based on an existing DVR OJT program providing a 50% wage reimbursement during the first 90 days of employment: an effort that has resulted in permanent employment for 83 to 88% of participants.

How do I participate?

  • Work with your local school staff and job developers to assess the on-going needs of your business and employees.  
  • Hire a Let’s Get to Work /DVR project participant qualified for the job you have.
  • Place the new employee on your payroll as you would for any other new employee.
  • Complete a one-page Hiring Initiative Agreement with DVR staff.
  • Provide the employee with on-the-job orientation and training provided to others.

What are the benefits to my business?

  • No-cost recruiting
  • Pre-screened, qualified DVR youth project referrals
  • Tax credit opportunities for hiring an individual with a disability
  • A more diversified workforce
  • Opportunity to train a new employee on the job at a reduced cost to your business
  • Paid, on site coaching, if needed, to ensure the job is done to your satisfaction

Other employer services:

  • Disability and employment technical assistance
  • Customized consultation and support from professional staff
  • Retention of current employees with disabilities

The Youth Transition OJT is not:

  • A temporary job, job shadow, or work experience
  • An established “slot” or position in which employed youth can be rotated
  • A job provided at school
  • A job provided in a non-integrated setting
  • A job that pays less than the prevailing wage

For additional information and/or questions about the Youth Transition OJT you may contact Meredith Dressell at Meredith.Dressel@dwd.wisconsin.gov or Kathleen Enders at Kathleen.Enders@dwd.wisconsin.gov.

The Let’s Get to Work project, funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and awarded to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, supports schools and communities seeking to improve the integrated, community-based employment of youth with I/DD. By focusing on community assets, elevating expectations, and expanding opportunities for youth while still in high school, this project provides technical assistance, training, on-site coaching and funding for activities.