L.E.A.P. Information for Employers

L.E.A.P.

LEARNING EMPLOYMENT ACTION PLAN

WHAT IS L.E.A.P.?

L.E.A.P. is a FREE employment program for youth and young adults between the ages of 15 – 30 years. It was developed by CBI Consultants with funding from the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program with a focus on youth facing employment barriers.

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

1. Discovery

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.

4. Fading

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.

5. Monitoring

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
  • Indigenous
  • Individual is either in or leaving care of the child welfare system
  • LGBTQ2+
  • 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

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

“[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

MORE INFORMATION

We provide access to a pool of talented individuals with diverse abilities to support your business goals while creating a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Click the button below to download L.E.A.P.’s employer information package.


Please contact us at leap@cbiconsultants.com for more information!

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