Onboard Training for New Employees

Onboard Training for New Employees

All newly hired employees of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) are required to attend the Department’s Onboard Training following their date of hire. Training requirements vary based on the employee’s qualifications, employment and training history and the position and/or function to which the employee is assigned. The employee will be provided with information regarding their specific training requirements and will be expected to complete all mandated classroom and online training as directed.

The DDS Onboard Training consists of a combination of learning styles including on-line, classroom and mentoring. This holistic training offers new employees opportunities to learn in individual and group settings and ensures a more effective, flexible training program.

E-learning courses are offered through the College of Direct Support (CDS), a nationally recognized curriculum which gives a general overview of many topics that are central to working in the field of developmental disabilities. Lessons are assigned and completed within 4 months of hire.

Classroom instructors teach new employees the DDS mission and values, critical policies, person-centered practices, and a variety of skill and safety courses, through interactive activity-focused training. On-site mentoring offers new employees the opportunity to meet their supervisor and peers, observe and ask questions, while gradually transitioning into their full responsibilities of working with or in support of the people DDS serves.