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OHH Monthly Focus on Employment: Vocationalizing – Adopting an Employment Mentality

What? Defining Vocationalizing
“Vocationalizing” is a term used to describe the process a service provider undergoes as it begins to evaluate the employment services needs of its clients and develop strategies for meeting the four key components of vocationalizing, which include assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Each agency will have their own unique process reflecting their organization’s mission, vision, and capacity.

Why? Understanding the Value of Vocationalizing
Vocationalizing provides a framework for providers to assess the options related to integrating employment assistance into their existing programming. This framework defines the critical and necessary steps for organizations to integrate employment services into existing service provision.

How? Undertaking the Vocationalizing Process
The Vocationalizing Process – Unique for Each Agency
ASSESS services and gaps in resources.
  • Determine fit with organizational mission and values.
  • Review research and evidence of best practices.
  • Collect client and stakeholder perspectives.
  • Learn about existing external resources.
  • Identify potential funding opportunities.
PLAN for program development.
  • Review policies, procedures, and programming.
  • Identify transition-to-work issues.
  • Choose a service model.
  • Develop a strategic plan.
IMPLEMENT the service model.
  • Expand services provided internally.
  • Create intake and assessment tools related to employment.
  • Develop partnerships with outside organizations.
EVALUATE successes and outcomes.
  • Identify lessons learned and new realities.
  • Assess outcomes and evaluate progress.
  • Revise strategies as needed.

Learn more now:

HOPWA Getting to Work Employment Initiative

Getting to Work Vocationalizing Webinar

Integrating Vocational Assessment in Client Service Planning

And, stay tuned!

The next email in the series is: A Partnership Approach: Connecting with Mainstream Workforce Services.

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