Gesher Human Services to Offer Paid Apprenticeship Training Program

Gesher Human Services in Southfield will begin offering paid, on-the-job training for local residents who would like to start a career working with people with disabilities.

The Gesher Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship program will provide unemployed and underemployed individuals with on-the-job training and 155 hours related technical instruction to earn a nationally recognized Journeyperson Direct Support Specialist credential.

Apprentices will be matched with a journeyperson at Gesher who will provide training, support and mentoring to the apprentice. Direct care work at the nonprofit organization could include working in residential homes with people living with mental illness or other disabilities, or providing job support to metro Detroiters living with intellectual and other disabilities who are employed at work sites in the community. The new program will be ongoing and there is no limit to the number of openings, although it is expected that at least 20 apprentices will train in 2024.

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