Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment

Help for Supported Employment services providers

The European Supported Employment Toolkit is a practical guide aimed at providers of employment services for people with disabilities.

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Help for Supported Employment services providers
Organisation:European Union of Supported Employment
of origin


There can be no accurate figures regarding beneficiaries, or how many job outcomes stem from the toolkit. However, the toolkit has been endorsed by 19 European countries, and it has already been translated into German, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian.


The toolkit consists of a range of Position Papers and “How To” guides and has been designed to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals responsible for the delivery of Supported Employment Services. The toolkit was written by a formal Partnership comprising managers and professionals who represent national, regional and local Supported Employment service providers across Europe. The Partnership sought to reinforce a consistent methodology for the delivery of Supported Employment Services for people with disabilities. This is part of a long-term aim to increase the numbers of disabled people entering sustainable open and paid employment.

The toolkit is a unique instrument for professionals to help people with disabilities address the barriers they face when trying to find and secure paid employment. It is a genuine pan-European guide that provides a wide range of guidance, advice and useful information to create a more consistent approach to supporting disabled people into jobs. It was written by practitioners for practitioners in an inclusive and informed manner. The Partnership gathered experts from all over Europe to discuss, analyse and ultimately produce a toolkit that will be an influential piece of work for many years to come.


Throughout Europe. Whilst the good practice originated in Europe, it is now being used also in Australia and South America (Argentina and Chile).



Margaret Haddock
European Union of Supported Employment
c/o Orchardville Society, 144 Ravenhill Road, Belfast, County Antrim BT6 8ED, Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 28 9073 2326

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