The Supported Employment Toolkit

The Supported Employment Toolkit

There are two parts to the Supported Employment Toolkit – the Handbook and the How To Guides, all downloadable via the links below.

The Handbook deals with the ‘theory’ of supported employment. It outlines the principles and values of supported employment, explains the process, gives an overview of each step in the process and deals with some of the most common issues and debates which have emerged in practising the model.

The How To Guides deal more with the ‘day-to-day’ use of the supported employment model. They give practical advice and tips on how to put each step into practice.

Values, Standards and Principles of Supported Employment

The section outlines the origin of supported employment and its core values, standards and the step-by-step process. Read more… (.PDF)


Client engagement

Meeting a client for the first time is the first step in the supported employment process. [Read about this step and some of the common questions and issues. Put this step into practice with the How To Guide for Client Engagement (.PDF)


Vocational Profiling

Vocational Profiling is how a supported employment professional works with their client to develop a plan to meet the client’s employment goals. Read about this step and some of the common questions and issues in A practical How To Guide for Vocational Profiling (.PDF)


Job Finding and Employer Engagement

The third and fourth step in the supported employment process connects the jobseeker to an employer. Read all about job finding and how to works with employers in A practical How To Guide for Job Finding and Employer Engagement (.PDF)


On and Off The Job Support

The fifth and final step in the supported employment process involves developing and providing the necessary supports to make the employment a success. Support may be on- or off-the-job, or both. Read about this step in A practical How To Guide for On/Off the Job Support (.PDF).

Some of the common issues and debates which arise in the everyday practice of supported employment are dealt with in the following guides.


The Qualities of a Supported Employment Professional

What does it mean to be a supported employment professional? What qualities do I need? Read more here… (.PDF)


Paid and Upaid Work

This is a common question that arises in the practice of supported employment. Paid employment is always the ultimate goal of supported employment but does unpaid works have a role too? Read more here… (.PDF)


Work Experience Placements

Can they help? How long should they last? What should they achieve? Read more here… (.PDF)


Career Development and Progression

Everyone is entitled to aim for career development and progression throughout their working lives. Read about supporting your clients towards Career Development and Progression (.PDF)

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