Businesses find, train and retain talent while diversifying their workforce with VR

Preparation

A range of assessments are offered to evaluate individual needs and strengths of VR clients. This also helps provide businesses with well-matched candidates to meet their workforce needs.

VR work training centers offer job preparedness classes and customized job readiness training that provide clients fundamental skills needed in the workplace or for more advanced training.

Work-based training allows clients to learn job-specific duties. Job tryoutsinternships and on the job training provide businesses an opportunity to assess skills while reducing training costs. VR even provides Worker’s Compensation coverage for the client.

Following a worksite assessment, rehabilitation technology engineers recommend assistive devices and other technological adaptations which allow clients to overcome barriers and work at their maximum potential.

Follow-up and support

What happens after a VR client is hired is important to us. Follow Up is conducted for 90-120 days after a new hire to make sure the client and business  are successful.

If needed, supported employment can also be provided to assist with training clients to meet a business’s expectations.

Other benefits

Through our job retention services we help employers  retain their most valuable asset, their employees, by assisting those who are experiencing physical or emotional concerns jeopardizing their work performance.

This includes residential four-week treatment facilities to help employees who may be impacted by the effects of alcohol or other  
substance abuse.

VR’s Business Partnership Network allows you to provide input to shape VR’s in-demand training that can benefit your business.

Tax credits and other financial incentives are available to help with training, orientation and accommodation.

North American Rescue

North American Rescue (NAR) is a strong advocate of the quality of craftsmanship and dedication demonstrated by people with disabilities given the chance to prove themselves in the workplace.

When our partnership with NAR began, weprovided 5,000 square feet of space and a workforce to kit, assemble, package and distribute their line of combat lifesaving equipment.

“Because we didn’t have to invest significant funds in infrastructure, we were able to put our money into research and development,” says Jim Carino, Vice President of Operations at NAR.

As the company quickly grew, the flexibility to maneuver workers and resources allowed NAR to meet rapidly increasing production schedules, product demand and warehousing needs. They can change and adjust what they do every day to meet their needs, something industry generally can’t do.

“I don’t believe North American Rescue couldhave grown anywhere close to the pace we have without VR,” affirms Carino. “The partnership works so well because of their ability to match services to needs, attention to detail, customer service excellence, and clear communication.”

And, he adds, “It’s cost effective for us and an effective use of tax dollars.”

NAR purchased and up-fitted a 100,000 square foot facility in Greer, featuring 25,000 square feet of climate controlled space plus warehousing that can be expanded for contingency storage and kitting.

VR leases a portion of this facility as a training center, where we continue kitting and assembling the variety of combat medical supplies produced by NAR and used by the military, tactical law enforcement professionals,fire fighters and emergency health care responders around the world.

Up to 45 VR clients a day assemble litters, create subassemblies for products, and pack backpacks and smaller kits that can be attached to the belt or leg. Our clients and staff meet demanding standards and quality control, knowing the work they do helps save lives.

Carino states that having workers with disabilities completing their products in a typical work environment has increased quality due to unparalleled accountability and pride in workmanship. NAR has been so pleased with our clients that they have hired several as fulltime employees.

“This is the culmination of our mission to return local residents to competitive employment,” says David Turnipseed, VR Area Supervisor for Greenville County. “North American Rescue provides our clients with invaluable training opportunities in high quality production positions that prepare them for re-entry into the modern workplace.”

It’s a total win-win-win for NAR, our clients and the community.