Job Training & Employment

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For more information on our Job Training & Employment Program, call

(608) 755-4123

SUPPORTING CLIENTS IN FINDING EMPLOYMENT

Whether they need extra help finding the perfect job or more hands-on assistance going through the employment process, KANDU is here to provide support and encouragement. Our Job Training and Employment Programs give participants the chance to find meaningful work, while earning an income, making friends, and growing and thriving in a safe and family-like work environment.

SUPPORTED COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT

Watch our video to discover how KANDU Industries provides value to your business and our clients.

PROVIDING LIFE CHANGING JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Since 2009, KANDU’s community employment program has paired our clients with meaningful employment at local businesses. By identifying and developing job opportunities in the community, our program managers help break down many of the barriers to employment that our clients have faced in the past and help them gain a sense of independence and reach their full potential.

The program helps with:

  • Employment preparation, including resume development, application assistance and interview techniques
  • Networking opportunities
  • Job placement
  • Job shadowing
  • One-on-one job training
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Once employed, clients receive regular support and feedback from staff to ensure their needs are being met and the employment opportunity is a good match. KANDU staff works with the client and employer to provide:

  • An INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PLAN (ISP) to determine goals based on the client’s strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences.
  • A SEMI-ANNUAL REVIEW with the client worker and staff to review their goals, share supporting data, discuss progress, and make changes as needed.
  • An ANNUAL REVIEW with client worker, staff, and full support team to gather information and insight from all parties to update the ISP, as needed.

BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

You will feel good knowing that by using KANDU employment services, you are saving money on recruitment and training costs while empowering individuals who may not otherwise have a chance to find meaningful employment.

Not only will KANDU program managers assess your operations to match you with highly qualified employee labor, but they also provide pre-employment and on-the-job training, supervision, and ongoing support so businesses know they are achieving maximum efficiency.

For businesses looking to maximize efficiency and productivity while supporting individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities, contact KANDU today!

KANDU offers the following complimentary services:

  • No obligation trial work period
  • Ongoing support with job accommodations and restructuring
  • Opportunity for tax credits and incentives
  • Pre-screened applicants whose abilities and interests match job requirements
  • Professionally monitored employee work performance
  • Supervised on-site job training
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CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

Watch this video to learn more about the supervised and supportive environment KANDU provides to its clients.

PRE-VOCATIONAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

For our clients who require more focused job support, KANDU’s Pre-Vocational Employment Program provides increased employment training, supervision, and encouragement.

Our staff work with pre-vocational clients on everything from behavioral skills to social integration into the work environment. Clients will feel cared for and supported as they build confidence in completing assigned tasks, work to improve job skills, and earn a paycheck in a safe and controlled work environment.

To qualify for the Pre-Vocational Program, clients must meet the following criteria:

  • Desire to learn new skills to increase employment opportunities
  • Willingness to work with a team to accomplish goals
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Use the restroom independently or with reminders
  • Complete a physical exam
  • Provide documentation of case closures from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation if under the age of 24
  • Have a diagnosed disability or other barrier to employment
  • Hold an Individual Educational Plan (high school students only)
  • Be referred from an agency with a KANDU service contract or through a private payment agreement
  • Complete a background and information disclosure form
  • Provide reports from previous or current service providers and/or employers

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With weather this beautiful in February, we had to get outside and enjoy it! Clients soaked up the sunshine last week with a few barnyard visitors: goats! 🌞

Brought in by a client's mom, the baby goats were fun for both clients and staff to play with. Bottlefeeding and cuddling ...these little cuties was definitely the highlight of the day!

Did you know interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure? Studies have found that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost your mood. [National Institute of Health]

KANDU Industries provides a diverse array of daily activities designed to promote the social, physical, and mental well-being of clients with disabilities and dementia. You can make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities and dementia by supporting our programs through KANDU's Annual Giving Campaign: https://www.kanduindustries.com/support/annual-appeal-2023/

With weather this beautiful in February, we had to get outside and enjoy it! Clients soaked up the sunshine last week with a few barnyard visitors: goats! 🌞
Brought in by a client's mom, the baby goats were fun for both clients and staff to play with. Bottlefeeding and cuddling these ...little cuties was definitely the highlight of the day!

Chip, chip, hooray - lunchtime just got a little tastier! Frito-Lay donated snack-size chips to fill the KANDU lunch bags presented to clients on their first day of work at our new Milton location. Frito-Lay was so generous that we had quite a few bags left over, so we distributed the extras to ...clients at lunchtime last week. Thank you, Frito-Lay! 🎉

Five seniors from the Global Business Academy at Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville came to KANDU for a tour this week. The students got to interact with clients in programs and production, and then had the opportunity to join KANDU’s Senior Management Meeting for a behind-the-scenes look ...at the inner workings of a non-profit organization.

These seniors were here to learn about the importance of giving back to their community, the impactful role that non-profit organizations play in Rock County, and the personal and professional opportunities that come with being a nonprofit board member. Here’s to the next generation of community leaders!

Spreading the love at KANDU! 💘
Last week KANDU board member Kim Hesgard brought in a Valentine's treat basket for staff & we drew a winner: Dakota! Dakota just started at KANDU's Livin' & Learnin' program last week, and we were thrilled to give her a warm welcome!