Hands On could not provide this training without the support and assistance from our public / private business partners. State Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Agencies provide the guidance and funding that allow Hands On to offer our unique programs to Individuals with Disabilities. The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) houses the National Employment Team that makes it possible for our programs to expand to cities across the country. And Hyatt is a model “Employer of Choice” that is fully committed to our program and the individuals that we serve. The Hyatt Hotels Corporation has included people with disabilities in ALL of the Diversity Initiatives, and we appreciate Hyatt for creating inclusive environments in all of their hotels and resorts. They are not obligated to offer permanent positions to the graduates of Hands On @Hyatt Hospitality Training Program, but they have hired graduates at ALL of our 35 locations.
Rachael did a wonderful job, during her training in 2005 – but there were no positions open at the property where she trained. So, she took her transferable skills, certificate and newly established confidence and obtained a cook position at the Peabody Hotel near the Orlando Convention Center. Years later, Hyatt purchased the Peabody and Hands On Education started training students at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Rachael quickly took her Hands On certificate to the Executive Chef and proudly stated “Chef, I am so glad that we have Hands On Students training with us, because I graduated the program years ago at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The newer students look up to Rachael because she gives them HOPE – making them feel like “if she can do it, so can I”. So, the Student has become the Teacher. Rachael has a career, good pay, and benefits. But her greatest joy comes from giving back to a program that helped her get her start in an industry that focused on her unique abilities.