Supported employment

European Social Fund logoThe role of the Supported Employment Service (SES) is to support people with a disability or long-term health condition to gain and sustain paid employment.

Supported Employment Advisers are trained to identify and understand an individual’s assets, skills, strengths, gifts and talents. This helps us to understand what is important to our customers, to focus on their needs and aspirations, to have positive conversations and consider the customer as a whole. By really getting to know an individual, advisers are able to identify more creative and meaningful ways to provide support into employment and enable the individual to work as independently as possible and sustain their employment.

We support people to find jobs that they can do and more importantly jobs they want to do.

SES offers a comprehensive package of advice, guidance and support to both the employer and prospective employee. This includes accurately matching the right person to the right job, conducting employee specific risk assessments in the workplace, practical one to one support and, where required, specialised instruction for the employee to be trained to carry out the tasks of the job to meet the expectations of the employer.

We offer support to:

  • Improve employability
  • Apply for jobs
  • Develop interview techniques
  • Participate in work placements
  • Gain independence in the workplace (one-to-one job coaching)
  • Keep you in employment.

Services and projects

  • The Work Choice Programme is a voluntary DWP employment programme which helps disabled people with more complex issues find work and stay in a job.
  • The Specialist Employability Support programme provides mentoring and training to help you into work if you’re disabled and can’t use other employment programmes. There are two types of support available. Start Back Provision will provide intensive support and training for an average of 3 months and Main Provision, which provides longer-term support and training for up to 12 months.
  • Supported internships offer a structured study programme aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 with a learning disability, who want to move into paid employment and need extra support to do so.
  • The Step in2 Employment programme is 10 weeks in duration and offers training in a wide range of subjects, improving an individual’s employability. Partnering with local businesses, participants will also be supported on employer visits, taster days and supported work experience placements in real working environments.
  • Our interactive disability awareness training sessions are essential training for anyone working in a customer-facing environment, and any organisation that wishes to ensure that their services are accessible and inclusive for all their customers.
  • Our Job Retention Service supports people who are absent from work due to a disability of health condition that falls under The Equality Act 2010. This unique, intense support has enabled people to return to work and has helped employers lower their sickness and staff turnover levels.

To find out more about Supported Employment Service and how we can help you please complete our expression of interest form or contact us.

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