Career Pathways

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In many of today’s growing industries, employers need skilled workers who have training and credentials so they can fill field-specific positions. At the same time, job seekers with disabilities are often un- or under-employed in jobs that have little opportunity for advancement.

One solution that can meet needs of both employers and job seekers with disabilities involves the Career Pathways model. These programs address the employee skills gap by providing post-secondary training to meet the workforce requirements of companies in high-demand fields.

Career Pathways participants experienced increased weekly wages, going from a median of $500 to $800 per week upon program completion.

Source: Explore VR

Collaborating for Success

Career pathways are collaborations between workforce and economic development agencies, local training providers, community colleges, and businesses. The aim is to help people with disabilities fulfill the skill needs of employers in fast-growing business sectors.

Step by Step

Each Career Pathways program includes a series of steps. Each step sets the stage for the next level - which can lead to higher credentials and better employment opportunities.

These programs also improve employment opportunities so people with disabilities can gain and keep better quality, higher paying jobs.

Filling the Gap

Career Pathways programs help to broaden the talent pool for businesses and bridges the gap between business demand and an educated and skilled workforce.

Vocational rehabilitation professionals connecting jobs seekers to Career Pathway programs can also strengthen their relationships with businesses, becoming a valued partner who can connect them with skilled candidates to fill vacancies, and to help them understand the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities.

More about Career Pathways

If you’d like to find out more about Career Pathways, check out this toolkit from Explore VR

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