Become an Employment Partner

Transitional Employment

Unique to the clubhouse model, Transitional Employment (TE) is a highly collaborative program that provides Clubhouse members with opportunities for paid employment. We believe that every person is capable and deserving of a job. Members work at a position for between 6-9 months, at which time another member is given the opportunity. Our members can work from as little as 2.5 hours per day to up to 20 hours per week. Often one full-time position is divided into morning and afternoon shifts to create two jobs.

Transitional Employment offers employers time and money saving incentives by:

  • Screening members who are suitable for the position
  • Providing on-site job training—working side-by-side with members—at no cost to the employer
  • Offering ongoing support to the member and the employer
  • Guaranteeing the position will always be filled by covering any member absences, again, at no cost to the employer

Transitional Employment makes a difference in the lives of Clubhouse members by providing an opportunity to earn a pay cheque, contribute to the work force, feel like a valued member of our community, and, many times, set people on a path to full-time employment. Research shows that with employment, people experience a reduction in symptoms and hospital visits, improved quality of life, and increased self-esteem.

What the Employer provides:

  • An entry-level position at a business or industry which pays a regular wage
  • A regular, predictable schedule during business hours Monday to Friday (this may be one to five days per week)
  • A desire to make a positive difference in the lives of people with mental illness

Typical positions our members cover:

  • Office assistant
  • File clerk
  • Mail room clerk
  • Baker’s assistant
  • Salad Bar attendant
  • Food preparation
  • Dishwashing
  • Car detailing

If you’d like to learn more about us or become an Employment Partner, please contact us!

Supported Employment

A Supported Employment (SE) job is an employment opportunity that is not time-limited. The position belongs to the member and there is a competitive element to the interview process. In SE, the clubhouse develops and maintains a relationship with the employer and assists with job-site development and sometimes training. SE jobs may be full- or part-time. The clubhouse does not provide coverage.

Independent Employment

Independent Employment positions may be full- or part-time, and belong to the member, who has participated in a fully competitive interview process. The clubhouse does not commit to a formal relationship with the employer or provide absence coverage. The clubhouse assists with career development, job search, and job choices—should the member wish it.

Group Placement

The clubhouse has a relationship with the employer and the work and/or jobs are facilitated through the clubhouse. Group placements are distinguished from ‘special projects’ in that members commit to keep the group schedule. Members get support from the clubhouse both on- and off-site. As a defining characteristic, the clubhouse provides on-site staffing, allowing for the group’s productivity to be judged instead of the individuals.

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