Employment Training Program
Among Michigan’s residential service providers for youth, Wedgwood is one of the only to offer job training services through its Employment Training Program (ETP). This program receives no public funding and is supported 100% by donations to the Children’s Hope Annual Fund. Our staff teach clients at Wedgwood and Lighthouse Academy how to succeed through involvement in real-life work environments and provide services to customers in the community ranging from yard maintenance, woodworking, upholstery services, cleaning services, car detailing, and small projects.
Involvement in the Employment Training Program gives our clients real job hunting experience, including how to fill out an application and how to handle an interview with confidence. After being hired into the program, they are given opportunities to advance to higher levels as they learn more job skills, develop consistent work habits, and take on increased responsibilities.
ETP prepares youth for eventual employment in the community by teaching them the important concepts of: teamwork, respect for authority, attendance/punctuality, professionalism, problem solving, accepting feedback, handling responsibility, and quality of work. From these, self-worth and confidence begin to grow as they realize they can be productive young adults in the community work force.
They also learn to interact with customers in the community, which gives them experience with people they might not otherwise encounter.
The ETP program has been helping at-risk youth for over 10 years. Each year, we have continued to grow in community customers and in the youth we serve. If you are interested in using or learning more ETP's products or services, please contact Jackie Brewster at firstname.lastname@example.org.