Setting up successful supported employment programmes

4 July 2013

Further education and work-based training providers are being encouraged to improve employment outcomes for people with a range of significant disabilities. To help providers increase the numbers – currently below 7% – of adults with a moderate to severe learning disability who are in any sort of paid employment, NIACE is working in partnership with BASE (the British Association for Supported Employment) to offer a new training course.

The newly approved National Occupational Standards for supported employment practitioners provides a clear outline of the skills and knowledge required within supported employment. The challenge for providers is how these can be harnessed to provide high quality support that will lead to job outcomes.

Evidence shows that supported employment is the most effective process that results in job outcomes for adults with disabilities. The training course will cover commissioning and management issues, provide an overview of the supported employment process, and examine the key factors in establishing or improving supported employment services within social care, health or education settings. It will also explore the vital role of a job coach and how to ensure a strong job match.