Supported Employment

Our person-centred employment support services for people with a learning disability are well established, exceptionally connected and provide all round support that enables people with a learning disability to move into and sustain employment.

Unity Works’ supported employment services take a strengths-and-assets based approach, exploring individual skills, abilities, and aspirations to identify the vocation that they want and that fits them best. This is informed by BASE’s Supported Employment Quality Framework

Assessment of Need

At the start of the service our Employment Advisor will meet with the individual (and circles-of-support) to complete a bespoke needs assessment. This explores what support the person needs to access the service and/or in employment.

Aspirations and Vocational Work Profile

Alongside assessment of need, we complete a Vocational Work Profile with the person. This accessible ‘Easy-Read’ tool is designed to help people supported consider vocational options to identify what is the best match for them. It includes:

  • My Skills like “using computers” or “customer service”
  • Qualifications including past educational attainment/training
  • Work History including previous paid/voluntary work,
  • Job Preferences like “customer service” or “office work”
  • Work preferences such as day/night work, part/full-time, indoors/outdoors
  • Workplace support needs including commuting, workplace culture etc

This profile helps individuals visualise the job they want and are motivated to pursue. We then develop together a personal action plan and individually tailored employment pathway. In this way, we ensure that the pathway is shaped by the preferences, strengths-and-assets and aspirations.

Vocational Experience

Alongside training/skills, we support people to develop their skills and experience including:

  • Work placements/tasters arranged with employer-partners
  • Volunteering

Contact

Get in touch to find out if we can support you.

Jesamine Murray, Contract Manager – Email: jesamine.murray@unityworks.org.uk

Osman Maie, Contract Manager – Email: osman.maie@unityworks.org.uk  

 

Unity Works Supported Employment Programmes:

Worktrain Greenwich

Delivered in partnership with Volunteer Centre Greenwich, Greenwich Mencap and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. WorkTrain Greenwich supports adults with a learning disability to find opportunities for paid work, work experience or voluntary roles.

Southwark Works

Working in partnership with Toucan Employment, Southwark Works supports Southwark residents with a learning disability/difficulty and/or autism over the age of 18 to find paid work. This programme is part funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Walcot Lambeth Bounce Back

Funded by Walcot Foundation’s Bounceback Programme, this programme offers an employment pathway for young people (18-30) with a learning disability or learning difficulty and/or who are autistic who live in Lambeth.

Unity Connects

Delivered in partnership with London Boroughs of Havering and Redbridge and funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Unity Connects offers an employment pathway for adults with a learning disability who live in Havering or Redbridge.

Southbank Colleges Partnership

Working in partnership with Lambeth College, we work with students who are looking to take their next step into employment. This service is open to any student with a learning disability who is currently attending Lambeth college.

Westminster Kingsway Partnership

Working in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College, we work with students who are looking to take their next step into employment. This service is open to any student with a learning disability who is currently attending Westminster Kingsway College.

Other Locations

Are you looking for support to find a job but don’t live in the areas we work in? Contact us to find out if we can support you.