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Advance Your Career at EPI

posted on Thursday, October 29, 2020

For years Exceptional Persons, Inc. has made it an absolute priority to advocate on behalf of our staff for better pay and professional opportunities, because what you do matters.

The state of Iowa and the National Association of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) have seen the advantages with on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs for industry such as ours. So they have put together programs with financial support that mix education with on-the-job training to build careers - support we are now able to adapt and provide to our staff as well. 

While our first Career Advancement Program is geared for Direct Support Professionals, watch for a Child Care Career Advancement Program to follow. 

Here's how it works.
This program is completely voluntary for our direct support staff. For new hires who elect to start the career advancement program must first successfully complete an 80 day assessment period beforehand. Current employees enter the progressive apprenticeship & advancement program by meeting the minimum qualifications and expressing interest. Next, their manager will submit a letter of recommendation for acceptance into the program and work with the director to get the NADSP trainings started for the DSP.

As the DSP completes each apprenticeship, through achieving certifications and on-the-job training, they will advance to a new position with a higher paying hourly wage. 

How does this benefit persons served?
The results of better pay and advancement opportunities will support persons served and EPI with less turnover, more fulltime staff - reducing DSP vacancies, and enhance the quality of services we provide. 

How do I get started?

To learn more or to apply for this specific position, apply for one of our Direct Support Professional 2 positions found here.

We are excited about this new opportunity for our staff and look forward to nurturing their growth.