Prevocational Training


For DDD consumers only.

Prevocational Training is an excellent choice for consumers that:

  • Do not have recent work experience.
  • Have encountered recent social and/or behavioral issues or setbacks.
  • Need additional one-on-one assistance in preparing for the demands of the

What is Prevocational Training?

Services that provide learning and work experiences, including volunteer work, where the individual can develop general, non-job-task-specific strengths and skills that contribute to employability in paid employment in integrated community settings. Services may include training in effective communication with supervisors, co-workers and customers; generally accepted community workplace conduct and dress; ability to follow directions; ability to attend to tasks; workplace problem solving skills and strategies; and general workplace safety and mobility training. Prevocational Training is intended to be a service that participants receive over a defined period of time and with specific outcomes to be achieved in preparation for securing competitive, integrated employment in the community for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. Prevocational Training services cannot be delivered within a sheltered workshop. Support is delivered in a face-to-face setting, either one-on-one with the participant or in a group of two to eight participants. Remote services have been approved.

Waters & Sims has developed CUSTOMIZED PREVOCATIONAL TRAINING opportunities based upon the consumers’ work experience, abilities, barriers and goals.  We are committed to helping our consumers prepare for work in the community – in a paid position or at a volunteer site.

For additional information, contact our Director : . Interested consumers will need to request these services through their Support Coordinator.

  • General PVT – Utilizing a variety of resources, including, our employment counselors will create a personalized curriculum that addresses your particular barriers to work, while preparing you to succeed in the workplace. Consumers will be guided in appropriate workplace behaviors, conduct, communication, employer expectations, workplace rules, taking direction and self-advocacy. There is a volunteer component available in this program as well, once the minimum program hours have been successfully completed (Depends upon site availability).
  • START Program – In collaboration with AHLEI we offer a remote classroom curriculum for hospitality called START (Skills, Tasks, And Results Training). We use a classroom approach (Google classroom) for training and career preparation. This textbook and workbook -centered program offers in-depth information, plus the opportunity for your consumers to earn a professional certification.