Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) hosted members of a delegation from Seoul, South Korea on Monday, August 13. The delegation from Goodwill Korea (GIK) spent a day in Madison visiting with Goodwill SCWI’s leadership team and observing work sites in Goodwill SCWI stores and on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
GIK is an international nonprofit in Seoul that helps prepare people to secure and retain employment and build successful, independent lives. GIK is looking to Goodwill SCWI for operational expertise as it relates to the local nonprofit’s dual focus of both running retail stores and integrating people with disabilities to work in the larger community.
In addition to touring two local stores, part of the day was spent on campus, visiting Goodwill SCWI’s supported employment participants who work at Memorial Union.
Goodwill SCWI partners with more than 100 local employers to find meaningful work for people with barriers to employment. Before an employee is placed in a job, Goodwill SCWI’s team conducts a thorough skills assessment with each job-seeker to determine appropriate professional placement. The employee is accompanied at the worksite by Goodwill job coaches and employment specialists who supplement the employer’s regular training and supervision at no cost to the employer.
The information gathered by the delegation is expected to be shared on MBC, a Korean network that will produce and air a television series intended to raise awareness about disability rights in South Korea