Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment
Developing work and employment opportunities
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Developing work and employment opportunities|
|Organisation:||First Step Trust/SMaRT business model|
SMaRT creates independent, sustainable income streams. FST now has three garages and two restaurants delivering the SMaRT approach. The approach is being taken into finance and office administration. Garages provide on-the-job training in motor mechanics, marketing and promotions, and customer service. Restaurants provide qualifications and work experience in catering to the public and the trade.
SMaRT is about using viable businesses to ensure that FST is able to continue providing work opportunities for people who are normally excluded from state and voluntary sector support because of their illnesses or disadvantages. SMaRT gives people some control over their situation, seeing them as assets, allowing them to access the responsibilities, pressures and expectations of ordinary work and motivating them to make real changes to their lives and gain more control over symptoms.
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