Vocational training is a term that refers to educational programs or courses that focus on the skills needed for a certain job function or trade. Unlike traditional education, vocational training focuses on preparing students for specific occupations while ignoring traditional, unrelated academic courses. Vocational training, also known as Vocational Education and Training or Career and Technical Education, offers hands-on, job-specific training that can lead to certification, a diploma, or even an associate’s degree. Students need vocational training to prepare for a variety of trades, including but not limited to:
The process of self-awareness, investigation, and decision-making that shapes ones profession is known as career development. Supported Employment Services (SEMP) assists in navigating various career possibilities in order to select and train for professions that match a person’s personality, talents, and interests.
Career development also entails learning about various professions and industries in order to find one that matches a person’s skills, looking for possibilities to grow, and possibly changing occupations altogether if needed.
Job Retention Strategies
Supported Employment Services helps individuals by identifying and practicing different job retention strategies, so that once a suitable employment opportunity is iselected and commenced, the new employee will be able to make a valuable contribution t the place of employment and remain employed. Some job retention strategies that will be discussed include:
Job Placement Activities
Job placement activities may include a variety of different items, depending upon the job desired. Some of these activities include:
On-the Job Training
On-the-job training employees how to execute their jobs more successfully by utilizing current workplace tools, machinery, documents, equipment, and expertise.
On-the-job training, or OJT, is a hands-on way of teaching employees the skills, information, and competencies they’ll need to do their job. Employees learn in a setting where they will be required to put their newly acquired information and abilities to use.
The professional activity of educating people to travel independently on public transit is known as travel training. Travel training is most typically provided for those with cognitive or physical challenges, and it is done one-on-one or as part of group teaching.
Some of the approaches used in travel training include:
Travel training emphasizes safety, wayfinding, and system orientation. Travel training is a way to increase confidence and independence, increase socialization, improve community access, increase access to health and wellness opportunities, and encourage the use of fixed-route transit over paratransit when possible.