What is Supported Employment
Status Employment are members of the British Associates of Supported Employment and follow the 6 steps in the Supported Employment Model, which are, candidate engagement, Vocational Profiling, employer engagement, job matching, in-work support and career development. The ethos is underpinned by the core values included in the National Occupational Standards for Supported Employment; each step is designed to enable the candidate to achieve sustainable employment in a job role that provides appropriate support.
The 5 Steps
Status Employment work to ensure that our services are accessible to those who are in need. We do this by maintain links with other professional bodies such as, Community Psychiatric Nurse or Job Centre Plus, candidates who want to self-refer are also welcome to do so. The referral process aims to be straightforward and flexible, to meet individual needs. Candidates can expect a relaxed informal environment when they come in for an initial meeting.
This is the ‘getting to know you process’, together, the employment consultant and individual discuss and identify any needs, past experiences and skills that could be relevant to finding work. The process determines both the aspirations and the barriers to employment, the aim is to put steps in place that will overcome the barriers and achieve the goals.
More and more employers are becoming inclusive of people with disabilities in their recruitment process and are getting on board with new initiatives such as the government run Disability Confident Scheme. Status Employment work closely with employers and offer help and guidance to make the recruitment process fair and easily accessible to the people we support.
The Employment Consultants at Status are experienced in carrying out a detailed Job Analysis to balance the needs of the Employer with the need of the individual. This means looking at all aspect of the job including the job description, such as the hours, or the environment, to mould a job that is a good fit for both parties. This could involve making some reasonable adjustments which are usually inexpensive and make for a productive and healthy workforce.
There are many ways individuals can be supported in work Status Employment can offer advice a guidance to the employer and the individual such as, signposting to useful schemes like Access to Work or training programmes that will help the workforce as whole, as well as the individual. Once an individual is in work the consultant will keep in touch and be able to assist if matters arise further down the line.