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This project has been funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sports and Voluntary Organisations within the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE).


Supported Employment

Supported Employment refers to service provisions wherein people with disabilities, including individuals with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities as well as those suffering from mental illness are assisted to obtain and maintain gainful employment. In supported employment the employee earns a competitive salary together with benefits.


Supported employment is a sign of a truly inclusive and just society, and at times, for it to be successful many people in different roles need to collaborate. The main players are the job seekers, the job coaches and the employers.

Work Placements and Job Tasters

  • Work Placements and Job Tasters are essential in Supported Employment – they help to develop skills and opportunities for work.
  • Work placements and job tasters give individuals the opportunity to understand one’s own job preferences, likes/dislikes, strengths and weaknesses within a particular workplace environment.
  • Work placements and job tasters give individuals the opportunity to add an experience to their application form, CV and an area to discuss at a job interview, thus improving their employment prospects.
  • Work placements and job tasters boost an individual’s confidence and self-esteem
  • Work placements and job tasters give individuals insight into what real employment is like and help assess their own skills and stamina
  • Work placements and job tasters give individuals the opportunity to develop new skills and build on existing ones

29 years old. invested in a 3 year car restoration project and has an attention deficit disorder

CLEANING PERSONNEL

Shaun Galea

Job Coaching & Job Carving

  • Job carving is when a job is created by identifying parts of a job or tasks that the employer needs completing and can be completed by the job seeker. It can take imagination and creativity on behalf of both the employer and the Job Coach, but in many cases it can lead to a successful employment outcome.
  • The job coach is a resource for employers and co-workers of the person with a disability. The employer may consult the job coach, if there are changes in workplace equipment, for example, to determine whether the supported employee needs specific additional training to enable him or her to use the new equipment.
  • The Job Coach provides training on the job – at the place of work.
  • Training is tailored to the specific requirements of the job as determined by the employer, as well as the support needs identified for the job seeker.
  • The Job Coach provides training in several areas aiming at increasing the independence of the individual with a disability.
  • The job coach is a resource for employers and co-workers of the person with a disability. The employer may consult the job coach, if there are changes in workplace equipment, for example, to determine whether the supported employee needs specific additional training to enable him or her to use the new equipment.
  • The job coach may also be consulted when problems arise at the workplace and the employer or co-worker cannot deal with these.
  • The job coach must involve co-workers of the person with a disability with supported employment methods and with their role in the process.
  • The Job Coach monitors the amount of support required and evaluates the roles of the employer, co-workers.

43 years old. is an avid reader of the sherlock holmes novels and uses a wheelchair.

OFFICE MANAGER

Sabrina Vassallo

Other facts about supported employment


In supported employment all parties are to agree regarding the changes, adjustments and the understanding of the roles and duties:

  1. The Person with a Disability
  2. The Employer
  3. The Job Coach
  • In Supported Employment, the individual with a disability is supported to participate in all regular employee introduction, probation, performance and development procedures.
  • In Supported Employment, the amount of job support needed is often higher at the beginning of a new job and can be faded over time
  • Job support is an interactive process supporting the employee to successfully take over new roles and to foster his or her professional and personal development
  • The Job Coach works with the employee and the employer to determine preferred training and learning approaches, adaptations and support strategies which meet the individual needs and fit into the company culture.
  • A co-worker can act as mentor for the new employee to support him or her in the company and to act as a contact person for the Job Coach.

26 years old. loves gardening and has been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Xandru Vella

In April, Inspire and The Richmond Foundation launched an MQF Level 4 Award Course in Supporting Individuals with Disabilities at The Workplace as well as a Mental Health First Aid Course. There are currently 14 students following this course which aims at providing the learners with basic knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable the them to support people with disabilities and mental health, as job coaches. The students are learning to identify and understand in order to facilitate their inclusion in an employment setting. Students will also learn Mental health first aid – this is provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

For more info about supporting individuals with disability at the workplace click here

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BLB801 BULEBEL

ZEJTUN ZTN 3000


TEL: ( 356) 20928100

FAX: ( 356) 2180 7708

This project has been funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sports and Voluntary Organisations within the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE).

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