BASE is taking part in an ERASMUS project to develop a quality framework for Supported Employment. The two year project began in October 2015 and sees BASE working with a number of transnational partners:
- Belgian Association for Supported Employment (SUEM.BE)
- Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)
- Fundación Emplea
- Supported Employment Norway (SENO)
- European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE)
Our main objective is to improve services for vulnerable job seekers, employees and their employers by creating a quality framework for supported employement agencies.
We want to develop 4 products.
- A quality framework in which the five basic principles of Supported Employment (client engagement, vocational profiling, job finding, employer engagement on & of job support) are translated and linked to one or more of the nine EFQM areas.
- We will develop a self-assessment toolkit for organisations. The result of this self-assessment is an overview of points in which the organization can grow, improve and further develop in using supported employment.
- Organisations may choose to establish a growth and development plan following their self-assessment. The project will examine the principles, format and approach of such a plan. The quality framework will enable benchmarking for organisations.
- We will develop a training module for Supported Employment Quality Assessors. This training ensures that the self-assessment takes place in a standardised way. The training is also focused on coaching organisations to develop a growth and development plan. These assessors can then also offer opportunities for external audit in order to test out the self-assessment.