In May 2019, the city of Amsterdam, will welcome over 600 visitors who are interested in transitions with Supported Employment. For two days, they will participate in debates, workshops and inspiring sessions and there will be more informal networking opportunities to visit!
Supported Employment is a method of intervention which assists individuals with disability or disadvantage to access paid jobs in the open labor market. The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) has clearly stated values and principles with ethical guidelines for professionals, these guidelines ensure that the needs of the individual are paramount regarding all decisions in relation to the Supported Employment approach.
The definition of Supported Employment: “Providing support to people with disabilities or
other disadvantaged groups to secure and maintain paid employment in the open labor market” (European Union of Supported Employment 2005).
For all who are interested in the approach of Supported Employment (SE), assisting and stimulating people access their right to work: SE service providers, employee organizations, employers, disadvantaged persons, persons with a disability, parents and caretakers, mentors and policy makers at local, national and international levels.
Good support on and off the job is the core element of SE, which makes it a successful method to ensure people with disabilities obtain and maintain paid employment in the open labour market. Research has proven that supported work sites are more stable than unsupported work sites for people with disability or disadvantage. Despite this fact, the necessary funding for longer term and community-based support is very limited or not available in many countries in Europe and must be enhanced to make full use of the positive effects of on/off the job support.
More information about the program lines can be found here.