Power of Work
The Power of Work program supports people with disabilities in locating employment or volunteer opportunities in their communities. Individuals are assisted with identifying their employment goals, employment preparation, job search and employment coaching.
The Power of Work program currently operates in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Grande Prairie.
Goodwill and Employment
- Our individuals possess numerous skills and talents.
- We match employer needs with individual skill sets.
- Individuals are supported by a job coach.
- Goodwill offers support for an individual until they are confident with their independence at their job.
How it works
When an individual starts the Power of Work program their employment goals and interests are assessed through a Person Centered Plan. This plan takes a comprehensive look at the individual’s aspirations and goals relating to employment and outlines the action needed to achieve them.
- Our team of job coaches work with individuals to define their employment goals, interests and unique abilities.
- Provide them with or help them to locate any training and skills necessary to achieve their employment goal.
- Assist them in the employment search.
- Assist them in finding a placement that is a good fit for them.
- Provide a range of support for individuals, while promoting the use of natural support sources in the workplace such as their supervisor or coworkers.
Our goal is to make sure these individuals are successful in their long-term employment.
Individuals in the Power of Work program develop job skills through workshops and work training placements tailored to their specific needs.
Job Search Assistance
Individuals in this program acquire the skills they need to find employment within the community, such as:
- Resume and cover letter writing.
- Job search techniques.
- Interview techniques.
When an individual is successful in obtaining a position within the community, on-site support can be provided by a job coach to assist them in maintaining employment and to offer support to their employer. Disabilities Awareness Training can also be organized and provided through the job coach.
The job coach’s role is:
- The orientation and initial training of the individual in their new position.
- Ensuring that the individual is performing the job to the employer’s specifications.
- Addressing any issues regarding accessibility, as well as quality of work.
- Promoting natural supports in an effort to gradually decrease on-site support as the individual becomes more independent in their work placement.
For more information about getting involved in the Power of Work program, please call (780) 944-1414 or fill out our contact form.
Curious about hiring one of our Power of Work individuals? Hear what our other partners have to say!
“They continue to stand as examples of employees who enjoy their work, are successful in overcoming challenges, and are appreciative of the opportunities. I think it helps with morale for other employees, during the tougher times, to see someone who really enjoys being here.” Marty – Power of Work Employer about their seven employees.
“He is very proud of his pay cheque, he is productive and it has given him a purpose, he can buy the necessities of life.” Roxanne Johnson – mother of Chris Johnson, Power of Work participant.