Employment Program

Believing education is part of vocational success, Connections Place supports members’ education goals and aspirations, along with financial knowledge and employment opportunities. Members can obtain their GED, attend university, participate in workshops in the community, and learn job-related skills. We connect members with scholarships, bursaries, and tutors.

Transitional Employment

Unique to the clubhouse model, Transitional Employment (TE) is a highly collaborative program that provides Clubhouse members with opportunities for paid employment. We believe that every person is capable and deserving of a job. Members work at a position for between 6-9 months, at which time another member is given the opportunity. Our members can work from as little as 2.5 hours per day to up to 20 hours per week. Often one full-time position is divided into morning and afternoon shifts to create two jobs.

Transitional Employment makes a difference in the lives of Clubhouse members by providing an opportunity to earn a pay cheque, contribute to the work force, feel like a valued member of our community, and, many times, set people on a path to full-time employment. Research shows that with employment, people experience a reduction in symptoms and hospital visits, improved quality of life, and increased self-esteem.

Typical positions our members cover:

  • Office assistant
  • File clerk
  • Mail room clerk
  • Baker’s assistant
  • Salad Bar attendant
  • Food preparation
  • Dishwashing
  • Car detailing

Supported Employment

A Supported Employment (SE) job is an employment opportunity that is not time-limited. The position belongs to the member and there is a competitive element to the interview process. In SE, the clubhouse develops and maintains a relationship with the employer and assists with job-site development and sometimes training. SE jobs may be full- or part-time. The clubhouse does not provide coverage.

Independent Employment

Independent Employment positions may be full- or part-time, and belong to the member, who has participated in a fully competitive interview process. The clubhouse does not commit to a formal relationship with the employer or provide absence coverage. The clubhouse assists with career development, job search, and job choices—should the member wish it.

Group Placement

The clubhouse has a relationship with the employer and the work and/or jobs are facilitated through the clubhouse. Group placements are distinguished from ‘special projects’ in that members commit to keep the group schedule. Members get support from the clubhouse both on- and off-site. As a defining characteristic, the clubhouse provides on-site staffing, allowing for the group’s productivity to be judged instead of the individuals.

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