Frequently Asked Questions
Competitive Employment is when adults with disabilities work alongside adults without disabilities while earning the same opportunities, benefits, and pay. Competitive Employment is a large and vital part of the continuum of services we provide. If you want entry- or mid-level work but have a disability that prevents you from finding or keeping a job, this program may help you.
Employees who are successful in securing competitive employment will earn Missouri State minimum wage or higher depending on the position criteria. In many cases, jobs are entry- or mid-level positions with opportunities to advance.
The work hours depend on the job requirements that are set by each business. Most positions are full-time.
To be eligible for traditional employment services, you must be over age 18 and a resident of St. Charles, Lincoln, or St. Louis County. Non-traditional services can begin at age 16. You must be able to work independently with minimal prompts and supports and meet a minimum performance level. You must also be aggression free and able to self-medicate, if applicable.
People served under our Competitive Employment Program are expected to secure their own transportation. More information about transportation and funding options is available through the service coordination team at the St. Louis/St. Charles Regional Center or through DDRB’s Case Management Team. We will discuss options and resources with you through your existing support network.
You do not need VR certification to be eligible for our Competitive Employment Program. However, we encourage all community-based employees to become VR clients so they have a complete range of options and support for working in the community.
Should you require periodic support after you’ve been hired, BCI also offers Follow-Along Services. This extra support may be all you need to successfully navigate workplace changes or new responsibilities throughout your career.
No. BCI’s Competitive Employment program is a path to integrated employment where employees will work alongside non-disabled individuals and earn the same opportunities, responsibilities, benefits, and pay.