Supported Employment (for employers)

People with autism or learning disabilities deserve the same opportunities in life as their peers, including paid employment. We believe Supported Employment is everyone’s responsibility.

It’s good for business…

  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced staff turnover
  • Increased staff morale
  • Small costs/big benefits
  • Demonstrates your corporate social responsibility
  • Creating 'A fairer, greener and healthier Salford'

It’s good for the individual…

  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Increased social inclusion
  • Contributes to financial independence
  • Increased productivity and confidence
  • Enhanced opportunities in employment and training

Key steps for an inclusive recruitment approach:

Step one: Review your recruitment and selection process

Step two: Job specification

  • Use a strength based approach to capitalise on staff skills to meet your business needs
  • Consider job carving and job design

Step three: Advertise demonstrating that you are Disability Confident

  • Easy read job applications
  • Promote guaranteed interview scheme
  • Ensure job advert represents diverse staff

Step four: Interviewing

Step five: Job offer

Step six: In post

  • Work in partnership with job coaches from Supported Employment Services to develop an action plan that clearly identifies the steps to support and retain the progression of the new recruit - email to arrange
  • Have a designated mentor

Could you commit to one or more of the following:

  • Become an advocate/lead for supported employment in your organisation
  • Become a Disability Confident employer
  • Host a work experience placement or a work trial
  • Create a paid role for a person with a learning disability and/or autism
  • Host an employer visit or work taster
  • Share with others what you do as a business and/or in your role
  • Become a member of the Mayor’s Employment Charter

If you would like to find out more about Supported Employment or to pledge to support any of the above, please contact Nicola Griffiths or David Timperley or telephone 0161 793 2533.

This page was last updated on 17 March 2023

Salford Supported Employment

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