On the journey to community employment, sometimes an individual may need more time to develop additional skills and abilities necessary for success in the workplace. Our workplace readiness program focuses on developing these prerequisite skills and competencies in order to maximize successful transitions to employment. While the skill areas vary from one individual to another, some of the focus skill areas include communication, social, safety, professionalism, collaboration and critical thinking. This program is considered a short-term program and is designed to develop the basic skills that employers want from candidates seeking employment with their businesses. Each individual’s path will vary, but the shortest path leading to successful community employment will always be the priority.

Some individuals may feel uncertain as to the most appropriate pathway to employment for them and what goals may best match their skills and interests. These individuals can take part in the vocational evaluation process, which gives participants a variety of work experiences over a period of a few weeks, both at CEA and local businesses, to help them make this decision.

Workplace readiness training is available to most individuals at no cost through the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) or the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Individualized workplace readiness plans can be arranged through the DDD Supports Program.