With an initial focus on creating pathways to independent employment, we established an apprentice program that provides paid on-the-job training, work experience and job placement services. Our apprentice program is operated within Ramble on Pearl, a retail clothing boutique that we founded to host our programs as well as provide financial support for our operations using a social enterprise business model.
Working alongside job coaches and our retail staff, our apprentices learn the hard and soft skills required for competitive, independent and sustainable community employment. We then assist our apprentices secure jobs with local area employers and assist them with transitional job coaching as they develop skills proficiency and assimilate into the workplace.
At Ramble on Pearl, we showcase the employability of our apprentices to future employers, while enhancing our customers’ awareness of the many contributions our staff with IDD have to offer.