Customized Employment Services
Customized Employment services are designed to create unique, meaningful employment or self-employment experiences for individuals needing more intensive, specialized services. Job placements are specifically developed and carved to suit each individual, adhering to the guiding principles and philosophy of Customized Employment – “real work for real pay.”
Customized Employment uses the individualized assessment of the strengths, needs and interests of the participant, identified and gathered through an initial Discovery process and the development of an Employment Profile. This process enables coaches and clients to work together to secure employment opportunities that are suitable to the job seeker’s strengths and abilities. Further services provided through this effective program include one-on-one intensive job coaching and job maintenance assistance. Assistance with employment terms and conditions, contracts etc. make this a very user friendly program for employers as well as job seekers.
Piers is a qualified contractor for Community Living British Columbia.
Housing Placement Services
Piers has been providing housing placement services within various provincial programs since 2009. Utilizing Housing First methodologies, we have developed relationships with market landlords a well as housing providers for subsidized, transitional and affordable housing in an effort to provide our clients with housing options. Currently we provide these services in West Kelowna as part of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy for rural and remote communities. In addition, we provide these services for our Third Party Administration of Benefits clients in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton. Piers is also qualified, and voluntarily administers the Vulnerability Assessment Tool; a BC Housing assessment that helps to prioritize our at risk community members in need of housing.
Job Development services are designed to link job seekers with suitable employers, matching the individual’s unique skills, qualifications and abilities with appropriate employment opportunities. If eligible, individuals are referred to our Job Developer, who will evaluate and assess the participant’s credentials, assist with employment applications, help to develop resumes, and provide employer contact and interview skills.
In addition, the Job Developer may also help to negotiate terms and conditions of employment and provide job coaching and job retention services when necessary. These services benefit both the prospective employee and the employer.
Specialized Employment Coaching
Specialized Employment Coaches provide all aspects of employment case management services to many inclusion groups, including but not limited to:
- Persons With Disabilities
- Indigenous Peoples
- Victims of Violence, and
Third Party Administration of Benefits Program
On behalf of the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Piers delivers Third Party Administration of Benefits in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton. This program provides participants with conflict resolution, life skills and employment coaching, administration of income assistance benefits, and non-ministry advocacy services. This program is offered in an effort to assist individuals in positively managing their personal and professional life. All individuals participating in this program must be referred to Piers by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Skill Development and Workshops
Piers has developed over 60 individualized lesson plans delivered in both group and one-on-one settings. These workshops are designed to enhance employment related skills and goals and to promote positive well-being and healthy living. Too numerous to list, our workshops are geared towards the following themes:
- Employment and career planning
- Personal and employment related skill development
- Lifeskills (including basic need workshops such as housing and Health Enhancement and Personal Care)
Piers is happy to collaborate with the following partners:
206-478 Bernard Avenue,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8R2
Tel: (250) 762-3494
Fax: (778) 478-0133
95-246 Martin Street,
Penticton BC V2A 5K3
Tel: (250) 490-8696
Fax: (778) 478-0133
3672 Brown Road,
West Kelowna BC V4T 1P7
Tel: (250) 878-2740
Fax: (778) 478-0133