Programme lines

The programme of the conference consists of the following four programme lines:


Programme Line 1:

Policy making and new results

To have an impact on policy making through more collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, in order to help shape the necessary transitions with the help of Supported Employment.
There is a need for closer links to political decision making, both in attitudes and perceptions. Similarly, there is a need to develop more visible and tangible strategies from the level of the EU commission to that of the nations and regions.

Subthemes include:

  • New developments and methods (co-design and co-production) for achieving new approaches and partnerships
  • Influencing and impact on political thinking and models – locally, nationally and globally
  • New strategies and collaboration – challenges and opportunities
  • Added value through Supported Employment related to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD).


Programme Line 2:

Delivering support and quality – what works?

To examine innovation and best practices within Supported Employment.

Subthemes include:

  • Employer engagement
  • Transitions from education to work
  • Quality assurance, measuring instruments and job coach accreditations
  • Commissioning services
  • Adapting to change
  • New ways of working
  • Interventions for people with significant disabilities


Programme Line 3 :

Transitions: careers and Supported Employment

To examine innovation and best practices in one’s working life, focussing on the transition from unemployment to employment and the phase in between jobs.
To offer new opportunities and possibilities to embrace new network partners.

Subthemes include:

  • Career Development/Career Planning
  • Job Creation
  • On-the-job and ongoing support
  • Job retention (for both employees and self-employed)
  • How to be on top of future employment trends
  • Working with employers and their networks
  • Employer Champions
  • Lifelong learning and diversity in the workplace
  • Self-employment and entrepreneurship


Programme Line 4:

A digital future for Supported Employment

To explore how Supported Employment providers and the people they support (jobseekers, employees and employers) can benefit from new technologies.
To examine how organisations can embrace digital innovation in order to provide better support. We want to hear from organisations what is leading innovation through cutting edge technology and stimulate companies to share their knowledge with others.

Subthemes include:

  • Mobile apps
  • Assistive technology
  • Virtual reality
  • Software
  • Digital skills
  • Social Media
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