There are a wide range of programmes and services which support disabled people and people with long term conditions into work. There is a short description below and some links for further information.
Supported Employment uses a partnership approach between providers, jobseekers and employers to enable disabled people and people with long term conditions to achieve a paid job. The aim is to support jobseekers to enter sustained employment by using the place then train model through a 5 Stage process which often includes job coaching within the employer’s premises.
There are a number of supported businesses operating across Scotland. These are employers where more than 50 per cent of the workers are disabled persons.
Fair Start is Scotland’s first devolved employment support service. It aims to support a minimum of 38,000 people over the next 3 years, including those further removed from the labour market who want help to find and stay in work.
A Modern Apprenticeship is a job which lets people earn a wage and gain an industry recognised qualification. MAs also help employers to develop their workforce by training new staff and upskilling existing employees.
The Employability Fund supports young people towards employment through a number of local training programmes. The services have been developed to address the specific needs of local areas.
Project SEARCH is a one year transition programme which provides employability training and education for young people with learning disabilities. The goal is to provide on-site internship experiences in order for young adults to acquire necessary skills leading to competitive employment. It is a partnership that brings together employers, colleges and adult supported employment providers.
IPS is a Supported Employment programme for people who have severe and enduring mental health illnesses. IPS supports people to gain part time or full time employment. This is the most well-established method of ‘place then train’ in mental health services.