L.E.A.P. Information for Employers
WHAT IS L.E.A.P.?
The youth or young adults may be living with developmental and mental health challenges, be Indigenous or have other barriers to employment.
By delivering strength based customized skills training, L.E.A.P. participants develop necessary skills and knowledge in order to overcome employment barriers and actively participate in the current and future labour market by obtaining paid inclusive work opportunities.
The program is offered in the Greater Vancouver Area by CBI Consultants, as well as Edmonton, Alberta and Kenora, Ontario through WJ Stelmaschuk and Associates Ltd.
WHAT IS CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT?
Customized Employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, talents, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development–one person at a time . . . one employer at a time.
SIX PHASES OF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT
With the job seeker, we learn about their strengths, skills, talents and abilities. We support them to develop and recognize their Ideal Conditions of Employment.
2. Job Development
L.E.A.P. supports the job seeker to match their Ideal Conditions of Employment with suitable jobs in the community. We meet with potential employers, discuss potential job duties and support the job seeker in the interview process.
2. Job Coaching
We provide highly skilled job coaches to support the employer and employee to ensure success on the job. Our support continues as long as needed.
With the employer’s assistance, we will develop a transition plan to effectively fade support. L.E.A.P. will still be involved as needed.
We will continue to monitor the employee’s progress through surveys, calls, emails and site visits for as long as necessary to ensure any changes or problems are addressed.
6. Ongoing Support
If a change in job duties, management, or any challenges occur, L.E.A.P. is there to support the employee and employer.
L.E.A.P. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Participants in the L.E.A.P. program face one or more of the following barriers to employment:
Living with a disability (physical, mental or developmental)
Living with mental health challenges
Individual is either in or leaving care of the child welfare system
Involvement with the justice system
BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS
Individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment require very little accommodation in the workplace
They have better attendance records, higher retention rates and increase company morale
Customers with disabilities and their families, friends and associates represent a trillion-dollar market sector
A large number of North Americans also say they prefer to shop at businesses that hire people with disabilities
90% of people with disabilities rated average or better on job performance
Promotes inclusion and diversity
BUSINESSES WITH INCLUSIVE CULTURES ENJOY COMPETITIVE BUSINESS ADVANTAGE
6 times more likely to be innovative, anticipate change and respond effectively
2 times more likely to meet or exceed financial goal
Generate 1.4 times more revenue
CONSUMER RESEARCH CONSISTENTLY SHOWS THE FOLLOWING
92% of consumers favour, and 87% would give their business to companies that hire people with diverse abilities
It is estimated that Canada will experience a labour shortage of close to 2 million workers by 2031
Can your business afford not to be inclusive?
58% of accommodations for individuals with disabilities cost $0
Staff retention was 72% higher among persons with disabilities
“[It] was so amazing to work with CBI [Consultants] and I was very appreciative of how much support [they] gave me, … I am very passionate about inclusive employment, and so the entire process was pretty amazing.” –Inclusive Employer
“I have found CBI [Consultants} to be one of the top programs in North America in providing high quality, individualized, and very focused customized employment programs that reflect self-determination on the part of individual students and clients as well as creative problem-solving with business partners.” – Dr. Paul Wehman