Diploma in Training and Education in Supported Employment

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This course is not available in 2012.


The revised and updated Diploma in Training and Education in Supported Employment is an exciting and practically oriented open learning course validated through NUI, Galway. It provides participants from the whole of Ireland (North and South) with a broad understanding of Supported Employment as a model of service delivery in a variety of disability and health related contexts.

Who is it for?

The course is targeted at staff and managers working in mainstream supported employment services, vocational, workshop, sheltered occupational services and at staff working with other groups seeking social inclusion through work. It is suited to aspiring job facilitators/developers, job coaches, employment officers, day centre staff, those working in the Government’s Supported Employment programme and staff of special schools and colleges, who aim to assist people to make the transition into integrated employment.


This course is accredited to Level 7 by the National University of Ireland, Galway.


18 months

What you’ll learn

Eight open learning modules will be provided which include course reading and interactive activities. The content of the modules include:

  • History of Supported Employment
  • Philosophy, values, principles and techniques underpinning Supported Employment
  • Person Centred Focus to working with individuals
  • Vocational profiling and career planning
  • Marketing Supported Employment
  • Progression into work – Job targeting, Job matching, Job and Environmental analysis, mapping out natural supports
  • Developing ongoing support strategies within work and in the wider local community
  • Learning on the Job – Using systematic instruction
  • Managing yourself in the context of Supported Employment
  • Working with job seekers with mental illness
  • Employment legislation in relation to employer and employees rights
  • Quality in delivering supported employment services
  • Learning and training within groups
  • Training – Course design

What you’ll be able to do

On completion of this course participants will have developed the professional skills required to manage the process of assisting individuals to:

  • Be the key decision maker in the career planning process
  • Identify and find jobs that suit their aspirations and abilities
  • Learn the skills required to do and keep the job
  • Develop desired career paths to suit their aspirations


Price on application.

Learn more

To learn more about this course, contact the Open Training College or click here to download the course brochure.

How to apply

Note: This course is not available in 2012.

To apply complete all sections on the application form and return to:
The Open Training College
Prospect Hall
Willowfield Park
Dublin 14

Return to the Supported Employment Courses page.