Project Description

Employment Services

Inspiring Abilities Creating Limitless Possibilities

How can we help your business succeed?

We can offer group employment to your business or organization saving you time and money!

BFAIR’s supported employment program provides meaningful work opportunities for people with disabilities. Our program offers participants with on-the-job training designed to increase their work skills, in preparation for competitive employment. BFAIR Job Coaches provide instruction and supervision.

BFAIR has provided Employment services to several local businesses such as:

  • Custodial services
  • Production services
  • Food service
  • Retail support
  • Bottle redemption
Becky McAllister – Director of Employment Services

Becky McAllister – Director of Employment Services

How does it work?

  • BFAIR assesses your job opportunity and how we can meet your employment needs
  • We provide employers with a reliable workforce
  • A one-time tax incentive for employers who participate in this program
  • Your work is accomplished while providing employment for people with disabilities

MRC Employment

CIES

Program Description
The MRC Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) program provides assessment, career exploration, skills training, and job placement, support to assist consumers in their efforts to maintain competitive employment in an integrated work setting. Through the CIES service components, consumers can receive the individualized services and supports they need to achieve and maintain successful employment.

Job trials are an essential component of this service, affording the person with a disability and the employer a genuine experience of working together to determine a potential fit for both parties. Job trials allow consumers a chance to demonstrate their work skills.

Pre-ETS

Program Description
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are designed to support students with disabilities in their transition from school into adult life

Eligibility
To be eligible for Pre-ETS services, students must be between the ages of 18-22 with a disability,  and be enrolled in high school, college, or other educational institution.

Internships
Student internships provide students with opportunities for coveted work experiences. They are beneficial to employers as they offer immediate rewards without a hiring commitment. BFAIR covers the cost of the internship to the student while the employer provides the work experience.

Work Readiness Training

  • Learn the foundational skills needed to obtain and maintain employment
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume writing

Job Exploration

  • Explore career interests
  • Job shadow experiences
  • Informational interviews

Work-Based Learning Experience

  • Hands-on work experience in the community
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities

Introduction to Self-Advocacy

  • Financial literacy through Greylock Federal Credit Union
  • Learn how to use public transportation

Counseling on Post-Secondary enrollment opportunities

  • Campus tours and college fairs
  • Learn about student financial aid opportunities

Community partners  participating in the BFAIR Employment Services program:

  • BFAIR Bottle & Can Redemption Center
  • Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital
  • The YMCA
  • Steinerfilm
  • City of North Adams
  • North Adams Housing Authority
  • AJ’s Trailside Pub
  • AFC – Advanced
    Flexible Composites
  • The Log by
    Ramunto’s
  • Christodora
Employment Service Brochure

The BFAIR WAY:

We are a national and state accredited human service agency responsive to the unique needs of people with disabilities and their families through:

  • A Dedication to Excellence
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Diverse Service Options
  • Community Partnerships
  • Safe and Healthy Environments
  • Career Opportunities and Advancement

These are our guiding principles. We strive to be the Berkshire’s premier service provider for persons with cognitive disabilities, autism and acquired brain injuries. It’s in our DNA and we constantly look for new ways to be the best at serving members of our community.