National Industries for the Blind Billy Parker Program Director Employment Support Services Meet NIB Mission: create jobs for people who are blind Service delivery Hundreds of government and commercial service contracts Contact centers, supply chain
management, contract closeout 5,800+ employees who are blind $800M+ in annual sales 7,000+ products/services 102 associated agencies 250+ locations nationwide 152 Base Supply Centers 78 years of experience Nations largest employer of people who are blind 2
Associated Agencies Nationwide Network of Nonprofit Agencies 3 Our Workforce Highly skilled and educated workforce Dedicated employees with a proven track record of
Meeting surge requirements Responding to natural disasters Adapting to rapidly changing demands Low turnover rate reduces recruiting, vacancy and training costs Accessible technology opens doors to projects and positions previously considered un-doable
Contract closeout, warehousing and distribution, and much more 4 Services Capabilities Contact Center Services Switchboards, multi-channel inbound/outbound Contract Management
Contract administration and closeout Supply Chain Management Inventory control, warehousing, distribution, packing and sorting, labeling and addressing Section 508 Assurance Usability testing, validation, remediation
Administrative Support Mail and copy room operations, duplication, other administrative support Information Assurance System/network configuration, treat assessment, troubleshooting and support 5 Employment Support
Services 6 Employment Support Services Overview Partnerships create employment opportunities for people who are blind NIBs associated agencies External federal and commercial customers Resources Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and other Federal and commercial training providers Identify, develop and facilitate appropriate training courses Internal NIB resources ensure accessibility (materials and curriculum)
Support: three training programs that help with recruitment, training and placement 1. 2. 3. 4. Contract Management Support (CMS) Program ProMOTE Program Cyber Security Sourcing Certification Training Pilot 7
Contract Management Support (CMS) Program Objective Assist in the development of high-growth career opportunities for people who are legally and totally blind by providing high level training in the field of contract management. 8 Contract Management Support (CMS), cont. Benefits Increase employment opportunities for people who are blind
Provide professionals who are blind with highlevel skills Provide free federal government training to develop new skills Reduce contracting burden for federal government agencies 9 Contract Management Support (CMS), cont. Recruitment: Collaborate with NIB associated agencies Collaborate with State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to develop ongoing pipeline of candidates Partner with the VA, BVA, Wounded Warrior, etc. to
identify and recruit qualified veterans Work with college Disability Services Offices Work with national organizations (e.g., NFB, ACB and AFB) 10 Contract Management Support (CMS), cont. Success Over 600 CMS Training Program participants Nearly 200 employed as a direct result of the program NPAs: Contract Close Out Specialist
Army and Navy: Contract Specialist Northrop Grumman: Contract Specialist Norfolk Naval Hospital: Contract Administrator Health and Human Services: Public Relations 11 ProMOTE Pilot Objective Train students who have intermediate level of Assistive Technology and need additional skills to compete in modern office settings All topics taught from the ground up to close learning gaps Emulates the pace of a day in the office through fully
immersive learning 12 ProMOTE Pilot, cont Benefits Simulates rigor and collaboration of the modern workplace through hands-on activities and projects Allows students to learn from and support one another in teaching environment with using the same technology Provides the opportunity to fill gaps in learning through a from the ground up approach to teaching Enhances a students computer efficiency and effectiveness Shaping a program that will change lives nationwide
Template for those seeking to enter / re-enter the workforce plus those transitioning to higher education 13 Cyber Security Pilot Program Objective Train approved candidates to complete certification Qualifying them to be placed in entry-level cyber security services jobs 25 individuals participated Web-based training (no geographical restrictions) Online training platform for specialized education Pearson-Vue managed testing centers CompTIAA+ certification
14 Cyber Security Pilot, cont. Success 15 participants Received CompTIA A+ certification One recently hired 15 Sourcing Certification Pilot Partnership with Orion and the Sourcing Foundation Launched April 29
It is a virtual on-line training that last thirteen weeks A quickly expanding career field 16 Sourcing Certification Training Program 17 Sourcing Certification Training Program National Industries for the Blind has partnered with the Sourcing Institute Foundation and Orion Global Talent to
launch a Sourcing Certification Training Pilot to provide the education and training needed to enter a career in sourcing for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. 18 Sourcing Certification Training Program
Launched May 2 It is a virtual on-line training that last thirteen weeks Opportunity to work remote A quickly expanding career field There are six legally blind participants from across the country Complete the program at the National Industries for the Blind headquarters in Alexandria, VA in August Place with companies seeking talented professionals in sourcing 19 Questions?
20 Contact Billy Parker Program Director, Employment Support Services 703-310-0560 [email protected] 21
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