Programme lines

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

Programme Line 1: Policy making and change of results.

Goal: This programme line will examine what influences the politics and policies in our national and European networks through more collaboration and sharing impact to achieve results of Supported Employment. There is a need for closer links to political decision making both in attitudes and perceptions.  Also, how to develop more visible and tangible strategies form the EU commission level to nation and regional work.  We are looking for workshop content that will help delegates to influence change in policies and practice in areas of:-

  • Changes in political thinking/models
  • Mainstreaming – challenges and opportunities
  • Inter-agency and multi-agency working
  • Impact the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has had on the lives of people with disabilities.
  • New developments and approaches (co-design and co-production) in developing new approaches and partnerships
  • Managing Change/conversion
  • Funding strategies and resources
  • Influencing policies – local, national and global

Programme Line 2: Delivering support and quality – what works?

Goal: This theme will examine innovation and best practice within Supported Employment. We are looking for workshop content that will help delegates to improve practice in the areas of:

  • Employer engagement;
  • Transitions from education to work;
  • Quality assurance;
  • Commissioning services;
  • Adapting to change;
  • New ways of working;
  • Interventions for people with significant disabilities.

Programme Line 3 : Transitions: careers and supported employment

Goal: This theme will examine innovation and best practice in the life cycle of work: transition from no job to a job and in and between jobs. We are looking for workshop content that will help delegates to improve practice in the area of:

  • Career Development/Career Planning
  • Job Creation
  • In work and ongoing support
  • Job retention (both employees and self-employed)
  • How to be on top of future employment trends
  • Engaging with employers and employers’ networks
  • Employer Champions
  • Business Case
  • Advocacy – self and peer in employment
  • Lifelong learning and diversity in the workplace
  • Self-employment and entrepreneurship

Programme Line 4: A digital future for supported employment

Goal: This programme will explore how new technology can benefit supported employment providers and the people they support (jobseekers, employees and employers). We will examine how organisations can access and embrace digital innovation to provide better support. We want to hear from organisations leading innovation through cutting edge technology and that can share their learning with their European counterparts.

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