Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment
Integrated employment model
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Integrated employment model|
|Organisation:||IfS – Institut für Sozialdienste gemeinnützige GmbH|
Thanks to the SPAGAT model of “integrated employment”, school-leavers and persons with disabilities in Vorarlberg, Austria who are considered unemployable according to the current legislation, and thus entitled to services for the disabled, are now free to choose between employment in a sheltered workshop or supported employment in a company in the general labour market.
With SPAGAT, the central elements of the process of employment integration are:
– the development of a circle of support
– the “creation” of customised jobs
– the use of mentors in every company
The legal and financial framework established by the province of Vorarlberg is a prerequisite. The companies pay for the actual work of their employees based on the collective wage agreement; the difference in productivity is subsidised by the provincial government, as are the mentors’ costs.
The target group is persons with severe disabilities and a significant need for support who want to work in the open labour market.
The integrated employment concept has led to a systematic and structural shift in the transition process and career development of persons with disabilities, for whom otherwise a sheltered workshop would have been the only alternative available.
SPAGAT is not only a trend-setter in the implementation of the UN CRPD in Austria; the programme also provides greater inclusion at lower costs than comparable placement in sheltered workshops – even without taking indirect profitability and cost savings into account.
IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
Originating in Vorarlberg, Austria, there is growing interest in the SPAGAT model internationally. Currently, SPAGAT employees are invited to important conferences and congresses in German-speaking countries to present their model.
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