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Devon’s Supported Employment Pathway
If you are known to adult social care and receive some funding, then you could use part of it to pay for a supported employment agency to:
- find a paid job
- become self employed
- provide in-work support for you if your paid job is breaking down and you need help.
We have several different large and small employment agencies working with us on the Pathway.
The agency is given 25 hours in total. This consists of 10 hours to get to know you and complete a vocational profile. Then a further 15 hours are given for the supported employment agency to make contact with appropriate employers and arrange a working interview for you. This would consist of selling your skills and experiences to their employer network and promoting the benefits of having a diverse work force. The agency would be expected to negotiate for a “working interview” – it’s a good way for you to showcase your abilities.
Once a working interview has been arranged with a promise of a paid job if successful, the agency will draw down additional funding from the Department of Work and Pensions’ ‘Access to Work’ budget to pay for the job coaching that will be provided during the working interview.
If the working interview is successful the agency can then apply for further funding to provide you with job coaching to learn the job. Depending on the amount of support you require, the job coaching could be available for up to 6 months. The job coach would be expected to look for natural support within the work place to help you settle in and become part of the team.
How do you join the Supported Employment Pathway?
You, or someone on your behalf, should contact Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 or email email@example.com. If you receive adult social care funding you should request to be signposted to the Supported Employment Pathway. If not, you will need to request an assessment to discover if you are eligible.