Work4You is a pioneering organisation that manifests a high success rate in gaining employment for young adults with intellectual disabilities. We achieve this through 2 phases:
- The Work Skills Training Program starts with an initial assessment conducted in conjunction with the parents, guardians or primary care-givers of the youngsters or ‘team members’. A personalised action plan is then devised to develop appropriate work habits, work skills, interpersonal and independent living skills. The Wagalots (link to Wagalots page) baking process is the means by which occupational therapists train work skills and habits.
- Once members are ready for work in the open labour market, the supported employment consultant ‘matches’ them with employment opportunities and helps with this transition process.
Andrew is one of Work4You’s longest serving team members. Andrew has Down’s Syndrome and has been with Work4You for 9 years.
Melikhaya suffered a traumatic brain injury as a baby and was introduced to us 5 years ago. He is now employed full-time at Permoseal Factory; and it has been very rewarding to see the independent young man that he has become over the years.
Wagalots are tasty and nutritious dog treats made by the members and creates the valuable training and skills needed for maintaining a job in the open labour market. We then sell the biscuits to generate an income for Work4You.
We make use of the work assessment task to assess a member’s work-readiness and personal growth, whilst teaching them work skills as well as independent living and interpersonal skills.
We offer individual and varying degrees of support to our members, once they are ready for the open labour market, in order for them to fulfil their employment aspirations as well as to meet their employer’s needs.
We believe that on-site training is the best form of job learning for our members; therefore they have the opportunity to do work trials before signing a contract. Once the supported employment consultant has ensured that a job is appropriate for each member, the transition from our training facility to the work environment begins.
Our consultants work with the parents or primary care-givers as well as the staff members to ensure that the transition from our workshop and into the new work environment is as smooth and as comfortable as possible for all parties involved.
Members have the full support of occupational therapists throughout this process, until they feel confident enough to handle the everyday challenges. This support continues long after they have left the workshop in Salt River.
At present, Work4You is providing training or support for 40 young adults from all over the Western Cape, some in our workshop and others in supported employment.