T-EST – Transfer of Supported Employment Toolkit

The project started on Nov. 1st, 2012 and ends on Dec. 31st, 2014.
It is one of the key areas of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to allow full accessibility to education as well as to the labour market for people with disabilities. In many European countries – and beyond – these requirements have still not been met. Suitable and powerful support concepts are missing. Therefore, the T-EST project will transfer the concept of SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT, a well elaborated and successful concept that provides full access to the labour market as well as to vocational training for the target group.
Based on a toolkit for the planning and implementation of supported employment, which was developed within a former Leonardo da Vinci Partnership Project, the focus will lie on transfering this concept to Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. It is particularly in these countries that supported employment will have a enormous positive effect on labour market participation, vocational training and integration of people with disabilities. Moreover, it will provide support for the three countries to reach the targets of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 in the fields of vocational education and the labour market.

In order to guarantee a successful transfer process, an initial analysis in the target countries will be followed by adapting the toolkit for supported employment to the respective national systems and requirements. During a comprehensive pilot implementation phase the partners will closely watch the transfer effects and impacts. Furthermore, the entire transfer process will be embedded in an awareness raising campaign in the receiving countries to provide detailed information to companies, labour market institutions, training organisations, and associations for people with disabilities. It is of major importance that people understand the concept of supported employment to ensure its effectiveness and, therefore, an efficient exploitation of the project.

The outputs of the project include:

  • Toolkits for supported employment adapted to the respective requirements of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
  • A training programme for transfer coaches in the three countries to support the transfer and implementation process.
  • Three pilot implementations of supported employment in the three countries.

The impact envisaged is a clear quality improvement with regard to the accessibility to the labour market for people with disabilities via vocational education and training and supported employment in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

More information via: www.t-est.eu

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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