The goal of Employment Services is to develop meaningful work opportunities to individuals that improve their quality of life and provide greater independence and inclusion in their community. The program provides:
* Pre-Employment Assessment and Screening
* Job Development
* On-the-Job Training
* Follow along services to ensure success and satisfaction for the employer and employee
* Transitional Services
Employment Services staff work with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, or a dual diagnosis. Some individuals want to work, but require support to achieve job readiness. Others possess the skills needed to enter the workforce, but need assistance with finding a job. Thumb Industries partners with Michigan Rehabilitation Services and local Community Mental Health agencies to assist individuals in obtaining their employment goals.
Individuals are assisted through the employment process by a trained Employment Specialist. Each individual participant’s skills and needs are assessed. Following the assessment period, each individual works with the Employment Specialist to research employment options and apply for work.
After the individual is hired, the Employment Specialist works with the employer to determine if on the job training is necessary. If training is required, the Employment Specialist provides training and supervision until the employer’s performance expectations are met. Once training has concluded, a Thumb Industries staff member will periodically check in with the employer/employee to ensure that the placement is successful.
Thumb Industries also provides services to transitioning students in order to assist them in preparing, obtaining and maintaining employment after school. Services provided to transitioning students consist of supports coordination, career exploration, individual plans for employment, and follow up services.
Transition services are available for high school sophomore, junior and seniors in Huron and Sanilac counties. Thumb Industries partners with Michigan Rehabilitation Services to help transitioning students succeed.
Community Work Services
Thumb Industries, Inc. Community Based Work Services Program is designed to maintain/increase an individual’s productivity level, as well as provide individuals with little or no work experience the opportunity to work and adjust to the demands of the workplace. Training is provided at our various locations or at a site in the community. Community training is designed to increase an individual’s awareness of employment opportunities in the community and allow him/her to make informed choices regarding any future services provided.
We offer the following services:
Mobile Crews Services:
· Commercial Lawn Care
· Janitorial Services
· Volunteer Opportunities
· Light Assembly
· Supervised on-site services
If you or your business needs light assembly services, custodial services or temporary labor, give Thumb Industries a call. We have the resources that will assist you in getting the job done right!
Micro Business Opportunities:
· Jewelry Sales
· Laundry Service · Handmade Cards
· Snack Bar
Support is provided to individuals interested in developing or maintaining their own small business. Thumb Industries staff assist individuals in the initial feasibility assessment, market research and business plan development. We can also provide training and support if required by the individual in order to maintain his/her business.
Want to learn more? Contact Jessica Brown at (989) 269-9229 ext. 118