People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
Boulder Treasures operates an apprenticeship program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities where they receive paid on-the-job training, work experience, and job placement services. The program takes place at Ramble on Pearl, a retail store established, designed and staffed to assist our apprentices secure and successfully transition to permanent employment in the community. In our program, apprentices learn transferrable job skills while gaining valuable work experience. Individuals work up to 12 hours per week under the supervision of a skilled job coach and alongside our retail staff who have been trained to provide natural supports to ensure their success. After demonstrating independence, our apprentices continue to gain work experience as Master Apprentices without a job coach. After 2 to 3 months in training, our apprentices are provided job placement services to help them secure independent, competitive, and sustainable employment in the community.
In the six years we've been operating, 49 apprentices have participated in our program with 28 individuals currently having achieved their goal of independent employment (and with another 4 currently participating in the program and/or seeking their first job). Our graduates have sustained their employment for an average of 22 months with 23 having worked at their original job placements for over a year.
Our first program graduate, Kate, now works at the Longmont Humane Society and has been there for over 5-1/2 years. She had always wanted to work with animals, so this is her dream job!
Before participating in Boulder Treasures' apprenticeship program, Ava lived in New York and worked in a group setting at a Marshalls Store. She had been hoping to work at Marshalls here in Colorado, and is now doing a phenomenal job as an independent employee at the Marshalls in Longmont. Ava works in the processing department, where she sorts newly arrived clothing shipments. She enjoys the company of her new co-workers and they appreciate all she brings to the sales floor.
One of our most recent program graduates Gray is now helping Boulder Housing Partners with data entry office support and loves his job and his co-workers who all dressed up as airline employees for Halloween.