The Employment Connection, a division of United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island, has brought its comprehensive employment services directly to Long Island job seekers with disabilities. As part of its recent outreach expansion, The Employment Connection obtained a fully equipped and accessible vehicle, which will travel to locations around Long Island to make it easier for individuals to inquire about or obtain employment services.
The Employment Connection Mobile Training and Education Center will allow staff to meet with individuals at their home, a local library, or other community businesses and government offices. In addition, the vehicle will be taken to employer sites, job fairs, trade shows and hiring events to meet with employers to review hiring incentives for individuals with disabilities and the benefits of a diversified work force.
“Our Mobile Center is the first community outreach program of its kind on Long Island,” said Stephen H. Friedman, president & CEO of UCP of Long Island. “It has state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate delivery of services including intake, job development, résumé development and interview skills preparation.”
The roomy, wheelchair-accessible Sprinter van includes computers for job seekers to use to search for job openings, complete online job applications, conduct online career assessments, prepare résumés and more. A large screen TV and camera allow individuals to view webinars and review employment information, and to record practice job interviews. An electric awning provides outside meeting space for job fairs and trade shows and other events.
The Mobile Center is one element of a significant outreach expansion for The Employment Connection, which included the launch of an expanded website that informs individuals with disabilities and their families about the many services offered; as well as provides employers with a wide range of resources to reduce time and money spent on the hiring process and educates them about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
The site includes a password-protected interactive Job Board where registered employers can post new job openings and review profiles of job seekers, including video profiles prepared by The Employment Connection. Registered job seekers can review the available positions and request more information about jobs that interest them.
The Employment Connection is a leader in helping Long Island businesses meet their hiring and workforce diversity challenges. Since 1994, it has worked with local businesses to place qualified, reliable workers with disabilities in vacant and high-turnover positions, while saving employers time and money.
To learn more, visit TheEmploymentConnection.com or call 631-232-0976. Located at 250 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge.
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