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Frequently Asked Questions

How old does an individual have to be?
Most start after completing the Special School District program at 21 years old.

What work experience does an individual need?
We don't require any previous work experience, however most of our new employees have gone through job skills training in high school and/or have participated in a Transition Program before coming to Lafayette. Others have worked at another sheltered workshop or in a community-based job.

How much does a sheltered employee get paid?
Sheltered employees are paid a commensurate wage. Their hourly wage is proportionate to their productivity. In other words, if their skill level is 50% of the skill level of an average person without any disabilities, their hourly salary will be 50% of the prevailing minimum wage. Sheltered employees can earn up to the prevailing minimum wage. The testing methods, the frequency of testing and the minimum pay rate are closely monitored and regulated by the State of Missouri.

Does a sheltered employee receive benefits?
Yes. We offer paid holidays, paid vacation and a retirement plan.

How many hours are in the Lafayette work week?
The work week for our sheltered employees is 30 hours (5 days @ 6 hours).

What is the work day schedule?
The work day includes a 15 min. break in the morning and a ½ hour lunch break.
Lafayette Industries West Facility: 8:30am – 3:00pm Mon-Fri
Lafayette Industries North Facility: 7:30am - 2:15pm Mon-Fri

Can an employee work part time?
All of our sheltered employees are hired for a full time position. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, consideration is given on a case-by-case basis to determine an appropriate schedule.

Does Lafayette provide transportation?
Lafayette does not provide transportation but works closely with the transportation providers. We know every employee's mode of transportation in order to monitor and assist with all arrivals and departures.

How do sheltered employees get to and from work?
Most employees use service agencies. However, there are many different arrangements. Some are driven by relatives and/or ride group vans.

What sort of work do the sheltered employees perform?
Jobs range from single-motion tasks, like putting items into poly bags, to more involved tasks, like running a shrink wrapping machine. Some of our packaging jobs are repetitive, but we also get new jobs in on a regular basis. Some jobs have many components, while others only have a few. Because of a broad range of work, we can provide repetitive tasks for our employees who require more of a routine or provide a variety of tasks for our employees that can handle the challenge. Our goals are to keep all of our sheltered employees successful and fulfilled while continuing to deliver high-quality products and services to our packaging clients on a timely basis at a competitive price.

To learn more about the packaging jobs our employees perform click here.

Is their a waiting list of job applicants?
Yes. We always have a waiting list. In some instances the wait can be up to 6 months. However, don't let that discourage you, it's usually much shorter.

How does an individual apply for a job?
Let's talk! Contact us so that we can discuss the possibilities click here.