Supported Employment

Transition2 is working with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), the Department for Education (DfE) and the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE), as part of the Internships Work programme, on an exciting pilot for a Supported Employment Agency in Derby. Locally, just 1.7% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment. Transition2 is supporting essential developments in supported employment for young adults with a learning disability and/or Autism, as part of the Local Authority’s commitment to Preparation for Adulthood through the Living My Best Life programme.

The first stage of the pilot is to offer follow-on job coaching support to graduates of the Supported Internship delivered by Project Search, Direct Education Business Partnership (DEBP) and St Martin’s School at the Royal Derby Hospital, with the aim of maximising the sustainability of employment outcomes at a critical starting point.

Through learner-led provision mapping of Post-16 education and training providers, and increased employer engagement, the pilot aims to support more young people into paid work through the development of further Supported Internship opportunities in Derby and improved partnership working across circles of support around young people, both with and without EHCPs. In addition, Transition2 is developing a programme of Enriched Independent Travel Training to provide wrap-around support for employment, as evidence suggests that being able to travel independently to your place of work is a key success indicator for sustainable employment.

For further information on Supported Employment in Derby, please contact the programme leads:

Alex Newman

Amie Brown