Trainees graduate from CVS Store Experience Training Program

Graduates of the CVS Store Experience Training Program congregated at the Regis College Student Center in April to receive certificates of completion for the program.

The Regional Employment Collaboratives partnered with CVS to create the unique training program, preparing individuals challenged by a disability for jobs.

The 48 graduates will now prepare applications for jobs at CVS or other workplaces.

During the course of the program, participants experience what it is like to work at a CVS store, learning how to provide customer service, merchandising, and various other retail store tasks. These skills, though taught by CVS staff, aren’t just for retail — they can be used in any workplace.

Jonathan DaSilva, the Boston Learning Center manager from CVS Health Workforce Initiatives, said during his speech at the graduation ceremony that the program is for providing people with careers, not just jobs. The program celebrates inclusion, commitment and diversity, he added, focusing not on disabilities, but abilities.

Suzanne, a training program graduate and current CVS employee, spoke at the ceremony, and said the program had taught her much: teamwork, how to be supportive of others, and self-esteem.

“I love working with the public,” she said in her speech. “I feel valued, independent, and important.”

Read more about the program on the Riverside Community Care blog.

ICI’s David Urban (left) with regional learning center manager from CVS Jonathan Disilva (second from left) and others involved in the CVS Store Experience Training Program.