How does supported employment work?

Supported employment works

Supported employment has been used all over the world for 35 years because it works.

Supported employment focuses on the individual and treats people with dignity and respect.


“Having a supported employment programme is like having the key that opens the door to the rest of your life”

Christy Lynch, IASE founder


When a jobseeker gets in touch with their local supported employment agency, they will meet a trained employment facilitator, sometimes called a job coach.

The job coach will usually follow a five-step process.

  1. Finding out about you
  2. Deciding the next steps to take
  3. Meeting with employers
  4. Finding a job
  5. What supports are needed?

For more detail on each step, see Steps to Employment.


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