Active Participating Employers
- EHS Cafeteria
- Sodexo at Saint Michael’s College
- Ace Hardware
- Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel
- Restore - Habitat for Humanity
- Essex Cinema
- Advanced Music
- Peace and Justice Center
- West Meadow Farm and Bakery
- Vermont Dog Club
- EHS Maintenance
- EHS Skating Facility
- EHS Maintenance Dept
- EHS Library
- EHS Nurses Office
- EHS Mail
- EHS Art Department
- Green Mountain Munchkins
- Little Ones University
- VNA Adult Day Program
Seeking Area Employers: If you own, or are in the management team of an area employer and may be interested in hosting a student, please let us know. More than ever before, it is important that young adults have caring and committed community role models from which to learn. The time commitment is minimal, but the benefit for both the student and the employer is life long. If you are interested in learning more please call (802) 857-7100, or email Ben at bbeattyowensewsd.org, or Mickey at MBonges@ewsd.org.
Frequently asked questions by prospective employers
If I do agree to work with a student at my business, what would my responsibilities be?
Give on-going and honest feedback. Quarterly Progress Reviews will be given to you to evaluate the student's work performance. If you see an area of concern at any time, please address it with the student as soon as possible. Remind the student to keep track of his timesheet and sign-off on his hours when timesheets are due. Most importantly, serve as a positive role model so the student can develop a strong work ethic. Also, call us if the student is absent from work and you have not received a call from him/her or our program.
What if the student needs a lot more supervision to learn the job than I can provide?
Some students will have a job coach from our program accompanying them to work. They are there to help the student learn the job and achieve independence. It is important that all instruction is given to both the student and the job coach. If a student starts a job unaccompanied and you feel more support is needed for success, please call us a 857-7100..
How much time will the student work?
Most students keep a consistent schedule and will work on either an A or B day (block schedule/every other day) for two hours. Students do not work over school vacations, snow days, exam days, etc.. However, if you would like to hire a student to work over break, please call us in advance so we can make sure that parent permission, transportation and other logistics are in place.
Do I need to be with the student all the time?
No. As a matter of fact, one of our goals is for students to integrate into the work environment with their co-workers. However, a student must be supervised at all times by an employee while on the job.
How will the student get to work?
Many students take CCTA if the job is on the bus route or they may walk to work if it is close by. Others are driven by program staff in school vans.
What if the student has behavioral issues while at work?
This is rarely a concern. However, please address the behavior with the student directly, and then call us so we can also process with the student at school.
What if a student gets hurt on the job through no fault of the employer?
Since a work experience is considered a function of a student's school program, the student is insured by the Essex Westford School District while on the job.
How long will the student work with me?
Many students will keep the same job throughout the school year, if it has proven to be a positive experience for both the student and the employer. However, depending on the situation, some students may have two work experiences during the year and others might stay a subsequent year. If you feel at any time that the placement is not working out, please let us know so we can help resolve the issues, even if it entails ending the placement.