Another job secured for a client
Supported Employment Service (SES) Optalis have secured another paid job offer for a client which has gladly been accepted. Here is a bit of background about this inspiring story and the difference supported employment has made to this young person’s life.
Supported Employment were approached to work with an individual who has selective mutism, anxiety and autism. Whilst it was clear the individual had lots of potential, there were still several barriers preventing the individual to gain employment.
One of these barriers was confidence and changing the mind-set of the individual, focusing on their strengths and what they can do, not what they perceive that they can’t do. Supported employment analysed these strengths and found suitable work experience. This led to an increase in confidence and a sense of achievement, demonstrating to the individual and employers the skills that they could offer.
Whilst being supported to identify suitable job vacancies, the individual’s job coach used their expertise with employers and was able to set up an interview for a job they had expressed an interest in. The job coach helped the individual positively disclose their disability, and ensured that they attended the interview to support the process.
Through attending the interview and behind the scenes work, Supported Employment Service made sure the employer understood the person’s disability and guided them with reasonable adjustments. This meant that the individual now works independently and their employer is fully aware of how to support them appropriately.
Supported Employment keep up to date with the client’s progress and continue to support the employer to ensure the long term sustainability in the role.
When the young person accessed the service, they did not believe that they could achieve a real job, that it was never going to happen, and there were too many barriers in place. Now, at the time of writing this, the same young person works independently, earns money, has increased confidence, purpose and meaning. An inspiring story, and one which demonstrates just how big a difference Supported Employment can make in a person’s life.
For more information about the Supported Employment Service visit the Optalis website