What we do

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SUSE aims to be a centre of excellence for supported employment in Scotland, improving the quality of services, leading on research and innovation and developing a skilled workforce that can tackle the Disability Employment Gap. Our organisation not only advocates for disabled jobseekers or those with long-term conditions, but also creates a space for practitioners to come together to learn, share and develop, as well as working with employers, funders and policy makers to promote the supported employment model.


Why Our Work is Needed

There are over 100,000 people in Scotland who have a disability or long term condition who want to work. Our members are working with thousands of jobseekers and employers across Scotland to improve this situation.

Latest figures show the employment rate of disabled people is only 45% compared to 81% for their non-disabled peers – this is the Disability Employment Gap.

  • Less than 10% of people who have learning disabilities are in work, with almost no improvement seen in the past decade.
  • Only 20% of people who experience mental ill health have the opportunity of paid work.
  • Less than 25% of people with a visual disability or significant hearing loss are in paid employment.
  • Disabled people typically earn 8% less than their non-disabled peers.

Our Priorities

We bring disabled jobseekers, providers and employers together to promote equality and diversity, network, pilot new services and move disabled people into work.

  • Making sure every jobseeker has a quality service that meets their needs and our members have the tools and resources they need to be successful.
  • Hosting an annual conference and regular events that create opportunities for disabled jobseekers, our members and employers.
  • Providing information and guidance for jobseekers and employers.
  • Providing expert advice for members and an opportunity to lobby and have their voices heard.
  • Sharing best practice, learning and the latest research.
  • Developing the skilled workforce our sector needs.
  • Hosting an online community and information service.

Click on the links above to find information on our current programmes and projects, in particular the Apt Public Social Partnership (PSP), along with some of our previous projects. Here you will also find links to a wide range of programmes and services which support employers, and disabled people and people with long term conditions into work.