Supported Employment promotes the rights of all individuals to achieve their full potential through a model of flexible support that enables people to overcome barriers to their employability and access real jobs for real pay.
Over recent years there has been a growing recognition that the supported employment model can provide help for people with disabilities who are at a distance from the labour market. It plays an essential role in empowering and facilitating individuals to lead ordinary lives and is a major route to social inclusion.
"Supported Employment is individualised support to secure people with disabilities, long term conditions and multiple barriers to work a sustainable, paid job in the open labour market". This is concurrent with the European Union of Supported Employment definition. Where:
This contributes to the Scottish Government's Fairer, Healthier and Wealthier national outcomes, through a range of positive benefits to service users who pursue this option which include:
It offers better outcomes for local and national government by:
Read the Blueprint for Supported Employment
Read the Supported Employment Framework for Scotland (Scottish Government, 2010), or look at other pages on this site, such as the Resources page, to learn more about supported employment in Scotland. There are definitions and frequently asked questions pages too.