The Shredding Training Program provides skill training, work experience, and employment opportunities to individuals who express an interest in the field of document destruction and recycling. The Arc Mercer/shArc follows guidelines outlined by NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) for the plant-based destruction of materials adapted to meet the unique needs of the individuals served. The ultimate goal of the program is to train and support our individuals in a work environment so that they may obtain and retain meaningful employment. Individuals will establish a sense of purpose and value as a citizen in a place of employment, and positively contribute to the overall operation in a shredding operation. The program strives to be an important part of the community and contribute to the good of the environment. The facility offers an individual-friendly environment and a secure workplace at all times.

Individuals are identified through the intake process and/or the Individual Habilitation Plan (IHP). Prior to beginning training, an individual must pass a drug test and criminal background check. Once these criteria are met, the individual must sign a confidentiality agreement, receive on site training, then pass a modified pre-approved proficiency test.

The Shredding Training Program addresses skills in document destruction and recycling which are broken out into specific skills/categories. Each category will lead to a positive vocational advancement for the individual, and the individual will discover and expand his/her optimal vocational potential as they achieve the ultimate goal of competitive employment.

The areas of the Shredding Training Program include:

  • Getting Started
  • Safety
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Career Development
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Getting Started addresses personal hygiene and work readiness. It also includes facility orientation, equipment identification and their functions, understanding confidentiality, and information on machine operation, materials that should be shred, and customer service. Safety addresses the use of shredder oil, using a pallet jack, lifting, and first aid and prevention. Policies and Procedures provides guidelines for plant based document destruction, driver procedures, data breach notifications, unannounced audits, equipment operation and maintenance, billing and certification, in addition to the related forms. It also addresses agency policies related to cell phone use, behavior, and discipline. The Arc Enterprises Employee Handbook and CIRS forms are also included for reference. Career development focuses on obtaining and maintaining employment through job hunting and interviewing skills, and provides guidelines to maintaining employment.

Throughout the program, the individual will be evaluated and trained in the necessary skills in order to perform all of the given tasks in a safe, timely manner. Training will be conducted at a designated location or locations emulating, as best it can, the different work responsibilities and correct procedures needed to perform various document destruction and recycling tasks performed in a shredding operation.

Each area of the Shredding Training Program includes an overview of the skills addressed with goals and objectives to highlight the most important skills. Skills to look for should be considered prerequisite skills. Section assessments are also included. They can be used for the initial intake to assess the individual’s abilities when performing the various work tasks, as well as an assessment during the training process. After an individual has been trained and assessed in the various document destruction skills and achieves an 80% successful completion rate (determined by achieving proficient on 80% of each section assessment) or is recommended by the vocational team, they will then be considered eligible for competitive employment. They may also achieve a NAID certification to increase their chances of employment.

For more information contact Family Supports at 609.406.0181, ext. 112 or email familysupports@arcmercer.org.