Competitive Employment

Competitive Employment

As an Employment First Provider, Penn-Mar encourages every interested individual to consider employment as his/her outcome. We will assist each individual who wants to work with obtaining an integrated community job of his/her choice, while also earning a competitive wage. Over the past year, our Competitive Employment Program has assisted 42 job seekers to successfully transition to community employment. We now support over 80 Maryland and Pennsylvania residents with intellectual and/or physical disabilities in careers within industries such as: Automotive, Clerical, Child Care, Custodial, Customer Service, Engineering, Food Service, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, and Sports Maintenance.

Utilizing a customized approach, our highly skilled team of job developers and employment staff utilize the following strategies to ensure a successful employment match:

  • A four-to-six week discovery and exploration process which identifies each job seekers skills, preferences, and natural talents as potential employer contributions.
  • Developing paid and non-paid activities such as informational interviews, time limited work experiences, and job shadowing opportunities with potential employers to gain a better understanding of specific job tasks and work environments.
  • Identifying specific labor needs of area businesses to determine if a mutually beneficial relationship exists between the employer and our job seeker.
  • Providing ongoing support through job coaching, mentoring, training and/or the development of natural workplace supports to ensure a successful transition.

For more information regarding our Competitive Employment Program, please email Kevin Walker at

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