Vermont Progressive Employment

Vermont DVR will work with the ICI to implement a learning collaborative for rolling out the Progressive Employment (PE) Model in state VR agencies.  The study will document the implementation of this model at several learning collaborative sites and any potential impacts that the adoption of the model may have on employment outcomes.  The study will also capture VR consumers and employers’ experiences and perceptions of the PE model.

The PE model centers on a dual-customer approach that reduces employer risk in providing work opportunities for jobseekers on the path to competitive employment. It gives VR employment specialists a range of options to offer to employers including: On the Job Training, Temp to Hire, Work Experience with stipends, and Company Tours and Job Shadows. To learn more about PE, check out the resources below.

The learning collaborative approach will engage peer agencies, maximize efficiency of technical assistance processes, improve fidelity of implementation, and create an infrastructure for problem solving and solutions. To learn more about the learning collaborative approach, check out the resources below.

Related Webinar:

For additional information about participating in this research project, please see our webinar page for: Adopting the Vermont Progressive Employment Model: Informational Session on the VR-RRTC on Demand-Side Strategies Study and Learning Collaborative and download this informational booklet (Progressive Employment Learning Collaborative: Information Booklet).

Progressive Employment:

  • What It Is and What It Isn’t (.pdf): This resource describes the basic principles of Progressive Employment, and lists components that are not part of the PE model.
  • Progressive Employment: Success Stories (.pdf): This resource provides three case examples that illustrate various PE situations where job seekers gain experience, confidence and business connections.

Learning Collaborative on PE:

  • Participating in a Learning Collaborative (.pdf): This resource outlines the basic expectations for participating state VR agencies and the role of Vermont DVR and the ICI.
  • Considerations for States – Benefits and Preconditions for Participation (.pdf): This resource lists the anticipated benefits of participation in the LC and outlines preconditions to consider prior to engaging.