When you and 5 friends give $5 a month, you are creating the first job for someone with ASD and …
you directly pay for 20 hours of job training. That first job unlocks the trust a future employer needs to hire a person with ASD.
PAFC’s social enterprise initiative, GO Group, provides paid, goal oriented employment opportunities.
IMPROVING EMPLOYMENT EQUITY BY HIRING YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS AND TRAINING THEM FOR JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY.
Building vocational skills and tangible experience
GO Group is a multi-venture social enterprise that offers temporary supportive employment opportunities within PAFN’s hub to youth and young adults who want to and are realistically able to work in the food, custodial, or landscaping industries.
How we do it
GO stands for goal oriented in that all GO Group employment is temporary and transitional (approximately 6 months); the focus is on acquiring relevant vocational skills and tangible work experience such that individuals are better qualified for community employment in the respective industry.
Specific workplace readiness and vocational skills goals are defined at the onset of employment. The skill acquisition progress is regularly tracked to ensure individuals’ learning is well-supported. As individuals reach each skill goal, PAFN will validate and issue digital badges, a new way of showcasing skill competency.
Transition to Future Employment
Individuals who are job ready can use digital badges to highlight their skill set. Additional transition supports to future employment are available through our Adult Programs Team. We work collaboratively with career practitioners and key contacts in individuals’ support networks towards the common goal of gaining employment after GO Group.
A multi-venture social enterprise
Currently, the GO Group hires through the following ventures that meet the sustainable business functions within the Hub: GO Café, GO Custodial, and GO Landscaping. GO Group is being piloted at the Hub with an aim to expand to satellite sites.
Why we do it
During the development phase, PAFN learned that BC communities need more services for young adults with ASD who are transitioning into the workforce or trying to make a leap from day programs to community employment. Only 1 in 4 persons with ASD or intellectual disabilities are gainfully employed, and yet there are few solutions addressing the disconnect in current pre-employment and placement services that often leave individuals with unmarketable training and experiences. GO Group seeks to address this gap by focusing on developing real, paid, supported employment opportunities in a sustainable enterprise model.
GO Group’s Theory of Change
GO Group offers 1) real experience, 2) relevant skills, and 3) mentorship to youth and young adults with ASD or related disabilities so that they are qualified for inclusive employment opportunities.
To apply or discuss further about GO Group, connect with:
Interested applicants will be asked to submit a resume/profile and cover letter. Interviews are scheduled to further discuss the GO Group model and to assess how each applicant may be suitable for the opportunity.
GO Group is increasing formal supported employment opportunities through the generous support of these funders who are improving the wellbeing of our youth and young adults with diverse abilities. Thank you!