Progressive Employment Model

Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 9am

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Julie Rabinowitz
Director of Policy, Operations
and Communications
Maine Department of Labor

Libby Stone Sterling
Assistant Director

Maine Department of Labor
Division of Vocational Rehabiitation

Progressive Employment Program –

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services of the Maine Department of Labor works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. Our Progressive Employment program meets the needs of employers and Maine youth with disabilities by matching them to employment-related activities. We work with selected youth to identify strengths, interests and career goals and then identify employers that offer career opportunities in the young person’s field of interest. Employers may participate through:

Job Tours: Let youth see what your business is all about!

Interviews: Offer a young job seeker an opportunity to practice interview skills or, better yet, let them interview you to find out more about you and your business.

Job Shadows: Invite a youth to see jobs at your business in action.

Work Experience: Provide a work experience to help a youth gain skills, with wages and workers’ compensation paid through DVR.

On-the-Job Training: Hire a young person and have some initial training costs offset.

Sometimes Progressive Employment activities lead to a job offer but there is no expectation that an employer do so.


Bureau of Rehabilitation Services |

Services for employers who are looking to hire or accommodate a current employee with a disability |

Information about Vocational rehabilitation services for youth |

Client stories with employer input (short videos) describing Vocational Rehabilitation |