Vocational Rehabilitation

As part of SMD's Employment Preparation Centre (EPC), the Vocational Assessment Program provides assessment, training and services using a combination of standardized tests, interviews, counselling and workplace assessments to assist clients in learning about potential jobs and careers.

Assessments may take from one day to one month, depending on a client's needs. The assessments emphasize interests, aptitude for learning, manual dexterity and perceptual ability, physical abilities and employment potential. Work habits, behaviour, medical conditions and circumstances that are most conducive to learning are also taken into account.

Through the Vocational Assessment Program, adults living with disabilties strengthen their work skills and begin to explore their career possibilities so they can find the job that's right for them.

For more information, contact the SMD Employment Preparation Centre at (204) 975-3124 or TTY (204) 975-3083

 

Work Experience

As part of SMD's Employment Preparation Centre (EPC), the Work Experience Program uses actual on-the-job experience in community work settings to assess a client's strengths, needs and work potential.

Job postings last from four to six weeks (or longer if necessary) with a technical trainer providing support to both the employee and the employer where required. During that time, the individual is evaluated in five areas:

Based on the work experience assessment, one of five recommendations will be made, with SMD providing support to the individual every step of the way:

For more information, contact the SMD Employment Preparation Centre at (204) 975-3124 or TTY (204) 975-3083

 

Employment Services

SMD's Employment Services link the business community with an educated and skilled segment of the population who can meet workforce needs – Manitobans with disabilities.

For Employers

SMD’s Employment Development Specialists assist with human resource recruitment, hiring and follow-up needs. Specialists draw on a pool of skilled workers who are qualified in a variety of fields, saving time and money by pre-screening selected workers for specific needs.

Employment Services will:

For People with Disabilities

SMD's Employment Services helps link the diverse and valuable skills of Manitobans with disabilities to the business community by providing assessment, training, placement assistance, counselling, literacy upgrading and computer training.

Employment Services also offers:

For more information, contact the SMD Employment Preparation Centre at (204) 975-3124 or TTY (204) 975-3083

 

Computer Training

Recognizing today's job market demands for computer literacy skills, SMD offers adults with disabilities training in basic computer awareness and competence in specific computer applications.

A General Computer Training Program first assesses an individual’s learning style and the need for adaptive equipment. The results of that assessment are then used to develop tailored general computer training and instruction in the applications most commonly used in the workplace.

Work experience placements follow, with specific computer training based on an individual's needs in relation to the requirements of the job.

For more information, contact the SMD Employment Preparation Centre at (204) 975-3124 or TTY (204) 975-3083