This Level 7 course is a professional qualification targeted specifically at the needs of people working as job coaches and employment facilitators. It will provide:
- A detailed understanding of the social and legislative context in which the employment of marginalised groups takes place
- A formal grounding in the principles, processes and best practices of Supported Employment
- The skills and tools required to work effectively as a jobs facilitator for the good of service users
Successful completion of the 12-week course will provide you with the tools required to facilitate job seekers into work experience/job sampling and/or supported employment opportunities. You will also receive a Certificate in Supported Employment which is a QQI Level 7 Special Purpose Award.
At a Glance
- Audience Job coaches & employment facilitators
- Location Dublin
- Duration12 weeks
- AwardCertificate in Supported Employment (7S15637)
- Award Type QQI HET Special Purpose
- Level on NFQ 7 (20 Credits)
- Apply by Spring, 2018
- Start Date Spring, 2018
- Duration 12 Weeks
- Workshop 1 Dates dates tbc
- Workshop 2 Dates dates tbc
Who Is This Course For?
This course is suitable for newly promoted and/or experienced job coaches and employment facilitators who are looking for an accredited qualification specifically devoted to Supported Employment.
After successfully completing the course you should be able to:
- Explain the role of work in people’s lives and explore the traditional strategies for supporting people into or back to work
- Describe the structures and legislation that governs the employment of marginalised groups
- Explain what Supported Employment is, how it has evolved and what its core values and underlying principles are
- Describe the role and position of the service user in the evolution of Supported Employment and summarise possible future development paths
- Determine how your service compares to current best practices in supported employment
- Understand what a customer-driven person centred approach means and how this relates to the practice of Supported Employment
- Demonstrate an understanding of the core values and underlying principles of supported employment such as normalisation, social role valorisation and integration and inclusion.
- Describe the role of an employment facilitator
- Identify the key skills required by an effective employment facilitator
- Develop a Vocational Profile and Career Plan for a job seeker
- Identify the essential components of action plans and support plans
- Gather information for the completion of a Work-site analysis and identify examples of Natural Supports
- Develop a marketing strategy to achieve success in helping a person gain and maintain employment
- Use the principles of Systematic Instruction to train people for their roles
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and address learning needs within supported employment/vocational services at personal and interpersonal level
- Explore through practice, the role of the employment facilitator in supporting an individual as they seek, gain and maintain employment
This course is made up of two modules and two workshops. The modules will be predominantly online. The workshops will be 2-day events that will help you place what you have learnt in the context of your own practice. Discussion and the sharing of experiences are actively encouraged.
Unit 1: Supported Employment: An Overview
- Define employment
- The history of services for people with disability in Ireland
- Work and employment for people with disability
- The importance of being employed
- Working when you have a disability
- Previous work options for people with disability
- Sheltered workshops
- Factors that influence the emergence of supported employment
Unit 2: The Context of Supported Employment in Ireland
- Employment Legislation In Northern Ireland
- The Context of Supported Employment in the South of Ireland
- The Commission on the Status of People with Disability
- The NACTE Report: Challenges for The Millennium
Unit 3: Development of Supported Employment
- Supported Employment: The Beginning
- The Evolution of the Model of Supported Employment
- Individual Placement Models
- Supported Employment in the Present
- Trends for the Future Development of Supported Employment
Unit 4: Core Values & Underlying Principles of Supported Employment
- The ideological cornerstones of Supported Employment
- Underlying principles of Supported Employment
Unit 5: Essential Employment Facilitator Skills
- The role of the employment facilitator
- Skills for effective communication
- Person centred planning
- The role of person centred planning in Supported Employment
- Career planning
- Job analysis
- Analysis the work site culture & the environment
- Preparation for the first days at work
- Guidelines for facilitating decisions about support strategies
- Systematic Instruction
- Evaluating outcomes & supports
You will need to undertake a project to complete the course. This will involve working with someone seeking work and supporting them through the first phases of supported employment. By doing this you will have the opportunity to perform your role in a highly supported environment where you have access to experts and fellow practitioners facing the exact same challenges/opportunities as you.
Taking the Course
Discussion, collaboration and the sharing of experiences are actively encouraged in order for the workshop to achieve one of its primary goals:
- Facilitating the application of knowledge and skills acquired during the course to address real world challenges in a practical and effective manner.
Underpinning all of this is our learning community. This is made up of tutors who have extensive first-line experience, learning support staff who understand the human challenges people can face when attending college and our learners who are defined by their commitment to supporting each other. We believe this creates a learning experience that is unique to the Open Training College, one that meets the specific requirements of people working in our sector and improves the quality of service our users receive. This is know as the Supported Open Learning Model. You can read more about it here.
The Learning Experience
The Tutor’s View – Claire Hopkins
Tell us a little bit about the course?
It’s a fully accredited course that provides participants with a professional qualification in best practice delivery of a Supported Employment service. The course is designed specifically for the needs of working professionals. For example the course materials we create are meant to be used as both a learning tool and a job aid in work. We firmly believe, as a college, as front line professionals ourselves that they provide a set of tools that will help you help job seekers gain paid employment! That is the real test of the effectiveness of a Supported Employment service and I believe it passes.
More generally, what motivated you to become a tutor in the first place?
I love the job! Devising and delivering programmes to committed professionals who make a real change is extremely satisfying.
The Student View – Colette Reynolds, graduated 2009, Employability Galway
Enjoyed the course immensely – have no hesitation in recommending the course and College to colleagues. Lots of student supports when you need them. The module system is ideal for mature students.
Watch a video where some Job Coaches explain their experience and benefits of the QQI-accredited Level 7 Certificate in Supported Employment course with the OTC:
The course is certified by the QQI as a Level 7 Special Purpose Award (20 credits). Successful participants will receive a Certificate in Supported Employment.
Dates & Duration
The next course will run in Spring 2018, commencing with the first of two 2-Day workshops.
Workshop 1: 2-Days: Dates to be confirmed, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Workshop 2: 2-Days: Dates to be confirmed, 9.30am- 4.30pm
Application deadline: Spring, 2018
The course will run for 12 weeks.
The course costs €995 to attend.
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