Supported Employment (SEMP) is a specialized service that helps Individuals with Developmental Disabilities access the workforce. Whether SEMP staff work behind the scene with vocational and soft skills training, resume development, and job hunting ( Job Development) to hands-on assistance at their worksite (Job Coaching), Supported Employment gives the individual the tools they need to be successful. SEMP providers also help combat the negative and inaccurate notions that the people we serve are incapable, unintelligent and liabilities, and foster relationships and understanding amongst employers and the community at large.
Any staff member can become a SEMP Provider; there is no experience necessary. However, within the first year of providing the service (from your first day providing SEMP, to the one year mark) under Supported Employment (SEMP), staff must complete 24 hours of SEMP Innovations training. These training sessions, conducted by the Center for Human Services Education, are 6-hour classes that train providers on the methodology and skillsets needed to support the people we serve. The training is also ongoing, so even after your first year of service, you must complete one 6 hour class per year thereafter (as long as you are providing the service.
Interested in becoming a SEMP provider, or need the training schedule? See the Innovations Training calendar below. Please note that you will have to log into to CHSE's website to register for these classes.