As part of our Work Training and Job Placement we have developed many community based training sites. Work Training helps develop employable work skills, as an individual is exposed to more work opportunities, they will also develop more work skills to bring with them to an employment site.
We base many of our work opportunities in the community in order for our employees to experience working along side of individuals without barriers to employment. We have developed Enclaves and Mobile Crews and while similar, each has it's benefits.
Typically, Enclaves are on-site in the community, where our workers and supervisory staff are at your place of business for extended periods of time. For example, Lakestate Industries, manages the Delta Wide Recycling (DWR) We send workers and staff right to the DWR to do the work required to sort and ship Delta County's Recyclables. Another example is Delta Plaza Shopping Center, we are contracted to do all the on-site janitorial duties for the mall. Lakestate Industries schedules our workers and staff to shifts corresponding to the employer's needs, in order to complete necessary cleaning at the Delta Plaza Shopping Center.
While Mobile Crews are also community based, they are a little unique in their setup. A Mobile Crew is a small group of workers who go out to a job site with a supervisor for a short time, usually no more that one to one and one-half hours. Sometimes the crew will go to multiple job sites in the same day. For example, Lakestate Industries will send a crew to Gardens of Rest to complete some janitorial duties, when these are completed they may go to Willow Creek Professional Building to complete janitorial or grounds keeping duties. This flexibility and variety not only is good training for workers, but it provides a great advantage to the employers in the community, who need Lakestate to flex their work schedules.
These work opportunities are all used to prepare workers to a job in their community. Whether it is an enclave or mobile crew, both are used to prepare a worker for their next step closer to community employment. Each person is looked at individually and their needs are used to develop the work skills they will need to reach their highest level of employment and community inclusion.
For more information, email LuAnn Hay, Program Director, or call 906-786-9212.