Steps Taken and Advantages
Initial Meeting / Vocational Profiling – Our trainee is assigned a Community Opportunity/Support Officer who, along with the Client Services Coordinator will discuss career options with the trainee and his/her family or support network
Job Preparation – The necessary training will be carried out in vocational and identified required life skills in preparation for the ‘transition’ into the local Community and all the benefits that this offers
Job Trial – Our Community Opportunity Support Officer contacts local employers and businesses, explaining who we are, what we do and the levels of support on offer arranging a relevant placement on a partnership basis
‘Work’ Experience – Our organisation offers free Disability Awareness training to co – workers of the New Horizons Partnership Ltd trainee which enhances the experience for everyone involved and assists in understanding and ultimately the success of the placement
Job Coaching – Our Team member job coaches the trainee over a number of hours, days or weeks depending on what is required – until the trainee is confident and able to continue with reducing support – monitoring visits continue and the business/employer knows that the organisation can be contacted at any time for support/input
Career Development – Our Community Placement Support Officer explores options for trainee progression within work – new tasks can be added increasing independence and the sense of achievement. The placement CAN progress to paid (usually) part time employment if this is the individual’s wish/aspiration. Alternatively, other options can be ‘sampled’ using this process until the trainee is happy that/he she has identified their job of choice
Advantages for our Trainee:
> Builds self– confidence and self– efficacy.
> Person– centred goals set out are achievable.
> Helps you to feel a valuable part of the community, promoting social integration and inclusion.
> You can gain an accredited qualification in a vocational setting.
> You gain knowledge, experience and skills.
> Develops your self- advocacy skills.
> Gives you a chance to develop personally and professionally.
> Helps you to identify with others and gain self– worth.
Advantages for you as an employer:
> Gain a hardworking and dedicated member of staff.
> Raises disability awareness among staff.
> Makes your organisation an example of diversity and good practice.
> Promotes equal opportunity within workforce.
> Raises company profile within local community.
> Gives a person with an learning disability the opportunity to develop personally and professionally within their career.