May 6, 2014

IASE are delighted to partner the EUSET Diversity Project, the project will see the supported employment model put to works to assist marginalised groups such as ex-offenders, early school leavers and individuals in recovery from substance abuse.  This is a follow on to the Supported Employment Toolkit developed in EUSE in 2007.

The project commenced on October 1, 2012 and continues until September 30, 2014 and has set a number of goals to achieve as follows:-

  • To conduct a Needs Analysis in each of the partner states regarding the economic exclusion of specific disadvantaged groups (i.e. ex-offenders, young people not in education, employment and training and people recovering from substance abuse)
  • To review the EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit ensuring its applicability to specific disadvantaged groups
  • To customise the EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit to meets the needs of the specific disadvantaged groups for the 4 cluster groups
  • To test the Supported Employment Toolkit to at least 48 organisations interested in or delivering Supported Employment
  • To translate the Supported Employment Toolkit in to partners languages (9 languages)
  • To deliver capacity building training to all partners to deliver training on the toolkit to 24 organisations
  • To agree minimum standards for the delivery of the training
  • To conduct an external and internal evaluation of the project
  • To agree a sustainability strategy for the project

Organisations consulted in Ireland include IASIO, LES Networks (Mayo), EmployAbility Mayo and St John of God STEP Services.

EUSET Diversity Project is a Leonardo Partnership Project.

The project partners are: Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (lead partner); Dachverband berufliche Integration Österreich, Austria; Rytmus, Czech Republic; Kiipulan, Finland; Theotokos Foundation, Greece; Irish Association of Supported Employment, Ireland; Skinner Cooperativa Sociale, Italy; Associacao Portuguesa de Emprego Apoiado, Portugal; Asociacion Espanola de Empleo con Apoyo, Spain; Activa, Sweden; Supported Employment Schweiz, Switzerland; Status Employment, UK.

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