Next Step

Next Step

Next Step is a Leonardo funded European partnership that commenced in 2013 to explore and assess inclusive approaches for improving the employability of persons with disabilities or other challenges that makes it difficult for them to obtain and retain employment in the open labour market.

The main focus of the partnership was to explore best practice conditions and inclusive approaches under the supported employment paradigm, which is strongly related to on-the-job-training and follow-up supports as opposed to sheltered employment and pre-vocational training. European research and evaluations have demonstrated that supported employment strong potential and should be further developed and disseminated through all European countries.

A essential key factor in a further development of supported employment based inclusive approaches is adequate and updated training of VET training providers as well as development of methodologies for on the job support and collaboration with employers. In this context, the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) has developed quality standards and good practice models for SE. However, these standards and models have been implemented to varying degrees in various European countries.

At the same time, there are many examples of good practice and models to learn from.  Over the life time of the Next Step project, the partners identified, analyze and exchange experiences about contemporary “state-of-the-art” models in supported employment and related place-then-train approaches. Each partner documented and present one or two examples of good models or best practices in supported employment in their own member states.


Next Step Partners

1.Work Research Institute, Oslo, Norway (Coordinator)

2.Universidad de Salamanca. Instituto Universitario de Integración en la Comunidad, Salamanca, Spain

3.University of Lapland, Finland

4.Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK

5.Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment, Belfast, UK

6.Optima arbeidslivsmestring Grete Wangen, Oslo, Norway

7.Salva Vita Foundation, Budapest, Hungary

8.Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warszaw, Poland

9.KARE – Promoting Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Newbridge, Ireland

10.Misa AB, Solna, Sweden

11.Kiipula Foundation / Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Turenki, Finland

  1. European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE)


Project period

2013 -2015.


Further Information

Project information and the final report can be access here –

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