What is the PETS Summer Youth Job Program?
The Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) program is offered and funded by Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS), a division of LA Office of Workforce Development. It is a coordinated set of activities for students with developmental disabilities, within an outcome-oriented process, that prepares them for meaningful and long-term employment after they complete high school.
The Summer Job Program is designed to help students assess their interests and skills and explore career paths. The program runs 8 weeks during the period of June 6 through July 29, 2016, and may be extended through August if employer and student are both interested in an extension.
Who can qualify as an Employer? Any place of business with Federal & State ID are eligible to hire students through the Summer Job Program: private companies, governmental agencies, associations, non-profit organizations, schools, colleges, universities.
What qualifies a student for the program? Students must be between the ages of 16 and 21, have not graduated from high school by May 31, 2016, and must have some type of disability or impairment. This includes students who are already enrolled in the LRS Vocational Rehabilitation Program through their high school and currently working with Counselors from The Arc BR. Other applicants may qualify if they wear eyeglasses, take prescription medication, receive counseling, have problems from a previous injury or illness, etc.
How does the program work? Students complete a streamlined PETS application through LRS, and are then referred to a Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP), such as The Arc BR. The CRP Counselors are responsible for locating jobs and placing students. LRS will reimburse the employer for the student wages up to $8.00 per hour for up to 40 hours per week; however, the employer is responsible for applicable taxes and any other deductions. Reimbursement is made at the end of each month.
Is there a minimum number of work hours required by the program? Students are encouraged to work at least 12 days per month. There are not a required number of hours that must be worked each day.
How does an Employer sign up? Employers can begin by drafting a job description for position(s) to be filled. Then notify The Arc BR, fax or email the job description and other information related to the scope of work. You will be contacted for follow-up as students with suitable skills become available for work.
What happens once a student is hired? The CRP Counselors are responsible for tracking and reporting students’ progress. Counselors collect pay check stubs from the students, verify the hours worked each week, and submit the stubs to LRS. Reimbursement will be made at the end of each month.
The Arc Baton Rouge offers on-going Vocational services for transitioning students and other adults with disabilities who want to find long-term meaningful work. Individualized plans can include job coaching and placement, with counselor monitoring and support for as long as necessary.
Employers Contact: The Arc Baton Rouge Phone: (225)927-0855 Fax: (225)924-3935 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students Contact: Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) Phone: (225)295-8900 http://www.laworks.net/WorkforceDev/LRS/LRS_Rehabilitation.asp