We are currently seeking local employers to partner with through our Transitional Employment program.
Transitional Employment placements are 6-9 month placements in part-time jobs that allow members to gain experience and build their resumes. Clubhouse staff place and train each member, at no cost to the employer.
By providing additional support, we aim to make it easier for employers to take a chance on great employees who may have less work history due to their disabilities.
If you're interested in creating a Transitional Employment position at your organization, email our Employment Coordinator, Rikki Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Does Transitional Employment (TE) Work?
Transitional Employment (TE) is a job skills training method developed by Clubhouse International. Here are the basics:
Clubhouse staff coordinate with the employer to learn the job and understand its requirements.
Clubhouse staff select a member to work in the position.
The member works the job for 6-9 months. Clubhouse staff are available to train the member, mediate workplace issues, and fill in for the member if they can't make it to work.
Upon completion of the placement, the Clubhouse works with the member to develop future career goals and search for permanent employment.
If the employer wishes to continue the partnership, Clubhouse staff select and train a new member for the position and the process repeats.
Benefits to Employers
Job Training and Performance Checks
The Clubhouse takes care of training the member and checks in with them regularly to make sure the job is done correctly and to address any workplace issues.
A designated Clubhouse staff person will be available to fill in for the member if they can't make it to work, ensuring that the shift is covered.
Less Resources Spent Replacing Employees
The Clubhouse does the work of finding and placing the member in the position. Once the member completes their 6-9 month placement, the Clubhouse can select a new member to fill their spot and train them, reducing the time employers spend finding and training new employees.
All services provided by the Clubhouse are at no cost to the employer, including time spent covering employee absences.
Benefits to Members
Building a Resume
Having work experience is often needed in order to get a job. Transitional Employment gives members the experience they will need when applying for permanent employment.
Gaining Job Skills
Members learn valuable skills during their Transitional Employment placements, and have a chance to explore types of jobs they may have never had before.
Adapting to Structure and Routine
Getting used to a set routine can be challenging for those who haven't been in the workforce for several years. Transitional Employment makes members feel supported and secure as they adapt to this shift.
Having an Advocate
The Clubhouse works with the member to address questions and issues they may have, as well as to help them build a good relationship with their employer. We also help them navigate the process of finding permanent employment once their placement has concluded.
Employer Frequently Asked Questions
What are some examples of good TE positions?
Because TE placements last 6-9 months, ideal positions would be anything that can be learned in a short period of time and involves consistent, predictable job duties. Positions can exist is a wide variety of industries and environments. Examples include food server, office clerk, retail worker, library shelver, and custodian.
What are the typical work hours for a Transitional Employment position?
Typical TE positions are between 10 - 20 hours per week. We prefer the work hours to be within Clubhouse operating hours (Monday - Friday, 9 - 5) so that our staff will be available to provide on-site support if needed.
We require our employees to go through a specific application process or orientation process before starting. Will Clubhouse members be able to go through this process as well?
Yes. The Clubhouse selects the member that will be working the position and will make sure that they meet the basic requirements for the position. However, the member is not officially hired until they are approved by the employer, and may be asked to complete application materials by the employer. If the employer has additional requirements, like completing a background check or obtaining a food handler's permit, both the members AND Clubhouse staff assigned to the TE will fulfill these requirements before starting.
We would like to hire a Clubhouse member, but we aren't interested in having Clubhouse staff fill in for the member when they're absent. Is that required?
It's up to you! Two Clubhouse staff are assigned to each TE position and are required to learn the job alongside the member so they can better support the member. These staff will also be available to fill in if the member can't make it to work, which may occur as the member adapts to their new work schedule. However, if for any reason you don't wish to have Clubhouse staff performing the job in the member's absence, simply let us know.
Can we hire the member permanently once their Transitional Employment placement is over?
We try to keep Transitional Employment positions temporary so that multiple members can benefit from participating in them. If you would like to hire a member permanently after their TE placement is over, we encourage you to offer them a separate position within your organization. This will allow the Clubhouse to extend our partnership with you by keeping the TE position open for others members to complete.