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Supported Employment

Supported employment (also known as supported competitive employment or the supported work model of competitive employment) is a service provided to disadvantaged adults looking to find and retain a job.

It is based on the idea that, with appropriate help, disadvantaged adults can find and retain a job in the competitive marketplace rather than being unemployed or working in a sheltered workshop.

Supported employment programmes share common elements such as:

  • job development, including helping someone find appropriate jobs
  • job placement, including matching someone to an appropriate job
  • job-site training, which involves on-site skill training
  • assessment, which is an ongoing process to determine how the new worker is performing
  • job retention, which involves advocacy and procedures to ensure long-term job maintenance

Supported employment programmes are used to help a wide range of disadvantaged adults, including people on the autism spectrum and people with other disabilities.

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