A free service to individuals and employers

The primary aim is to work closely with local employers to address the unmet employment needs of local people, especially those facing social and economic exclusion.

Our Supported Employment team assists employers, and individuals with additional support needs, to find and maintain sustainable employment opportunities in the open labour market.


What is Supported Employment?


Supported Employment's goal is to obtain real jobs, with real pay and real working conditions, for socially disadvantaged people; the same as for everyone else, but with on-going support from job coaches (Employment Support Workers).

It is based on the assumption that everyone has the capacity to work if barriers to employment are tackled and appropriate on-going support is provided. It is not about ‘caring’ for an individual, but rather ‘enabling’ him/her to do a job.

Supported Employment is not about short-term work tasters or placements; it is a long-term approach to integrate people with additional support needs into the mainstream labour market.

It does not fall into the category of job preparation or training; it is employment-specific. Job preparation courses tend to have a different focus, as they do not provide support at work.

We believe that motivation and success is increased when an individual feels that they are properly employed from the start - versus enrolling on a seemingly endless series of courses and training, with no real job materialising.

In Supported Employment, any essential training can be obtained, either on the job or whilst employed.


Key Features


  • A highly specialised and professional service.
  • Tailored packages of support enable individuals to obtain and retain employment.
  • Delivers a service that suits business needs.
  • Employers are equal partners in the process, which aims to be as useful to them as it is to the individual.
  • Includes Job Matching & Vocational Profiling, Job Analysis, and Job Coaching.
If you would like more information contact us on 01856 876605



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