Community Work Adjustment Training (CWAT)/On-the-Job Training (OJT) is an opportunity for an employer to mentor a person with a disability, helping them develop the skills needed to realize their career goals. Throughout the program, the trainee interacts on a regular basis with employees who do not have disabilities, holds a regular position, and is paid no less than minimum wage. CWAT/OJT helps people with disabilities get used to the employment environment while gaining valuable work experience.
Benefits to the Trainee:
Individuals participating in CWAT/OJT have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their abilities, allowing them to concentrate on long term employment as a realistic goal.
Individuals will gain job skills and training, occupational awareness, knowledge of appropriate work habits and attitudes, self-esteem and independence from public assistance.
Employers participating in CWAT/OJT have the opportunity to see if the job and their business are a good fit with the trainee.
Easterseals may provide reimbursement for the trainee's salary, job-site assessments and needed accommodations, support services including uniforms, tools and buss passes.
Federal tax credits may be available to employers who hire individuals with disabilities into permanent positions.
Businesses who participate in CWAT/OJT are 4.5 times more likely to hire a person with a disability (which can help you fulfill your 503 obligations if you are a federal contractor).
Who arranges CWAT/OJT?
Easterseals will arrange a CWAT/OJT and coordinate placing the person in the training and any follow-up services needed. Staff will work closely with all parties to develop a CWA/OJT experience that will benefit both the trainee and the employer. After training begins, Easterseals staff will offer support to the trainee and employer, including Job Coaching.