Employer resources

 

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Since 1980, the Transitional Vocational Program at Mount Royal University has been providing a variety of post-secondary programs to adults with developmental disabilities.

The Employment Preparation Certificate Program and Employment Assistance focus on students preparing for competitive employment and community living with work and life skills. Together, the programs combine on-campus instruction with community-based work practicums. The goals for students include: 

  • develop a vocational choice and/or goal
  • improve skills for getting and keeping a job
  • improve job-related and personal organizational skills
  • develop positive attitudes and habits necessary for successful employment
  • enhance social skills
  • manage a more independent lifestyle.

Read about TVP's history in this story celebrating four decades of empowerment, teamwork, professionalism, accountability and respect.

 

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Work practicum overview

The goal for work practicums is to have a student gain competitive employment. What this looks like can vary from student to student. Work practicums typically start off unpaid and last for three months. During this time, the student works on developing the skills and attitudes needed to meet employer expectations.

During their work experience, each student has an employment specialist who provides weekly on-the-job support. The employment specialist works with the student on the work site to help students progress in their work practicum. If a student is hired on, they will still receive support from their employment specialist until they complete their time with TVP. Typically, students exit TVP at the end of August.

Student work practicum schedules are created based on employer needs and student availability. Ideally, students work 15 to 24 hours a week, three to four days a week. The goal of the program is to have students working 24 hours a week in a paid position.

Please note: Students in unpaid work practicums cannot take the place of a paid employee. For example, unpaid students cannot be called into work if the employer is short staffed.

Review our employer brochure for more information.

Employer and student support

Students receive support from the initial interview or meeting until the student has completed their work practicum or their program. Each student has an employment specialist who provides weekly on-the-job support. The employment specialist works with the student on the work site to help students progress in their work practicum.

Employment specialists are the contact point for both the employer and student. Any questions, comments, or concerns are directed to them. The employment specialist is also in contact with the students supervisor(s) to ensure open communication. They assist with problem-solving, training, as well as developing strategies to ensure student progression in the work practicum.

 


TVP values: Empowerment, Teamwork, Professionalism, Accountability and Respect.

Contact us

Transitional Vocational Program
Room M 200 (Main Building)
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
403.440.6872
Email: tvp@mtroyal.ca