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- Definition of Supported Employment
- Supported Employment enables people with disabilities to access real employment opportunities, of their choice, in an integrated setting with appropriate ongoing support being provided to enable them to become economically and socially active in their communities. Supported Employment is based on the principal that every one can and has the right to work.
- The Beneficiaries of Supported Employment.
- People with a disability including those with significant disabilities who have traditionally been excluded for the open labour market. Employers receive a professional service to assist them in implementing an equal opportunities policy.
- What is Supported Employment?
- Supported Employment is a concept, which enables people with disabilities to be employed in paid jobs in the open labour market. Supported Employment provides support to job seekers with disabilities and their employers and co-workers. The support given allows individuals with disabilities to become and remain gainfully employed. People with a wide range of disabilities e.g. physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities as well as people with mental health difficulties, have become successfully employed using the Supported Employment Model.
- What are the Stages of Supported Employment?
- Choosing the Job
A Job Coach/Employment Facilitator supports the individual in making informed and realistic choices about the kind of work they would like to do.
- Finding the Job
The Job Coach supports the individual in identifying and applying for, suitable jobs.
- Keeping the Job
The Job Coach supports the new employee in becoming and remaining a competent worker. Relevant support and advice is available to the employee with a disability, employer and co-workers at this stage. The amount of support should decrease over time as the employee adapts to the job and the workplace.
- Choosing the Job
- What are the Benefits for the Employee with a Disability?
- Opportunity to earn a wage.
- More chance to socialise and meet new people.
- Access to additional learning in the work place.
- Possible increase in self confidence.
- Integration into the community...having equal opportunities.
- Being connected/ being part of the work force.
- Increased awareness of disability and disability issues.
- Increased independence through participating economically in Irish society.
- What are the Benefits for the Employer?
- Access to a committed labour pool.
- Free advice and support during recruitment and selection.
- Access to information on financial incentives available.
- Additional training can be provided by the Job Coach.
- Ongoing advice and support provided by the Job Coach.
- Reflecting the community in which the company operates can
result in increased customer loyalty.
- Enhanced public image as an equal opportunities employer.
- How do I contact my local Supported Employment Service?
- Supported Employment operates nationally. If you would like details of a service in your area please see the contact page: IASE Ltd. (Irish Association of Supported Employment) Lwr Barrack Street, Belmullet, Co. Mayo Tel: 097 82894 Fax: 097 82895 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org