Pathways to Careers

Introduction & First Site Visit

After Pathways staff make contact with a local employer, we visit the business and deliver an introductory presentation (Concept Portfolio). This provides the employer with a complete description of the Pathways project and services. During this visit, we will also take a tour of the business (additional visits will be scheduled as necessary) to help us gain some initial insights about potential opportunities and talent needs.

Site Tour

Based on the initial site visit and employer input, we will recommend one or more worksite areas that might be a good fit for a current or prospective Pathways job seeker. This tour will be used to gather more details about the skills required of employees at various sites and the workplace environment of each. Everything we learn during a site visit is used to create a better, more precise match between employers and candidates, and in some cases, we will schedule multiple site visits to ensure the best fit for all involved.

Partnership Agreement

Based on the information gathered in the earlier visit(s), we will propose that the employer enter into an agreement with Pathways. This agreement details the shared values of workplace inclusion and the next steps of the partnership. It also provides a clear outline of the resources available to the employer as a partner location and the responsibilities of the local Pathways staff in terms of identifying a candidate that will be a good “match” for the employer and providing support to both parties.

Internship

Pathways offers an internship phase with internships typically lasting about eight weeks. This allows both the employer and the intern to learn more about one another before deciding whether or not a permanent employment arrangement is a good fit. During this stage, both the intern and employer receive considerable support from Pathways staff. We also use this phase to learn everything we can about the long-term arrangements and support needed to ensure the intern is a successful employee.

Employment

The employer has the option of making an offer of permanent employment to a participant (based on an internship or the customized employment path), but they are under no obligation to do so. When an offer of employment is made and accepted, the Pathways team works with the participant and the employer to develop a long-term support plan for their success on the job. We work as closely as needed with the employee and the employer to put adequate supports in place, and we continue to stay in touch with both parties to ensure their long-term success.
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