Supported employment for disabled people

Our supported employment service helps disabled people or carers into work or training, and helps employers support disabled people in work.

You can contact the service through any of our local offices below.

You can find out more about what we do from the  supported employment service (pdf / 898 KB) leaflet.

How the service can help you find a job

Firstly, we will talk to you about your skills, abilities and wishes. Then, we can offer support in finding employment with local businesses. We can: identify your current skills; highlight any education or training needs; help you search and apply for jobs and support you at your interview; link with employers and specialist agencies, and find work-related benefit information.

Support for people with little or no work experience

There are many options available for you, even if you think you do not have enough experience or you have been away from the world of work for too long. We can offer advice on gaining further skills through local training providers and negotiate with employers for work experience and "job tasters" to develop your skills before supporting you to find paid work. We can also support an employer to offer a "working interview" - a way of interviewing someone "on the job", if a traditional style interview was not the best way of showing a person's skills.

Finding employment and training options

There are many employment and training options available but finding the right information can sometimes be difficult. We publish an  employment pathways guide (pdf / 738 KB), taking you through the options available for your circumstances.

Support at work

Once you are in work, we can continue to offer support that is tailored to your needs. We can also support carers of disabled people.

Training and education

We will ensure that you receive any training and education you need to do your job.

Specialist equipment

If specialist equipment is required, our staff will refer you to Jobcentre Plus, which can help you find more information and can also advise on funding or grants. We will also help you to work with the employer on making reasonable adjustments to the workplace to enable you to do the job.

Long-term support

There are a number of ways that long-term support can be provided for you in your workplace, including:

  • Individual budgets for support, adaptations or transport;
  • Direct payments for you to employ your own support;
  • Access to work payments from Jobcentre Plus for support or equipment or transport;
  • Natural support/buddies/mentors through the employer; or
  • Job coaching provided through our own supported employment staff.

Working with local employers

We have worked with more than 250 employers to secure employment for job seekers and have helped more than 1,000 people with disabilities to develop their work skills.

Additional information from NHS Choices

See the NHS Choices page below for more information on work and disability:

Support for employers

If you want to employ someone with a disability or illness, we can help you to find the right person.

We can also provide disability awareness training, links to Jobcentre Plus, to local training, education and workstep providers. Using supported employment services is also a long-term solution, as we always try to match the right person to a business's needs and local demand at no cost to the employer. We can advise on:

Work trials

Organised through the Jobcentre Plus, this is a trial in a job vacancy with an employer. It can last up to 15 days. A person's eligibility will be checked before they start, and the Jobcentre Plus will make arrangements for them to keep receiving benefits during the trial.

Job introduction scheme

This involved a weekly grant to the employer for the first six weeks of employment to help towards employment costs. The job could be full or part-time, but must be expected to last at least six months.

Job carving

This is a way of looking at jobs to see that the most suitable person carries out each task. For employers, it can mean they employ a flexible workforce, using their skills in the most effective way, and gives the job seeker the chance to enter the job market and contribute their skills to the world of work.

Job coaching

We will work alongside employees to help them learn the job and develop workplace support from their colleagues. After an agreed period of time, the job coach support would be gradually withdrawn, although we would be available to provide on-going support as requested at no cost to the employer.
    
We are not an employment agency - we can't advertise jobs for employers. We work with individuals to help find the right job for them.

You can find out more about what we can do for employers from the  calling all employers (pdf / 360 KB) leaflet.

Additional information

See the websites below for more information and support available to employers:

Who to contact

Jesmond House
33 Victoria Avenue
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 5QE

Telephone:01609 536599

Please contact us at the number above for an informal, no obligation chat.

1 Belle Vue Square
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 1FJ

Telephone:01609 536750

This page contains information about supported employment services in the Skipton area. Please contact us at the number above for an informal, no obligation chat.

Supported employment services in Skipton - a success story

There are many success stories of people who have found work with the help of supported employment services. One of the success stories from the Skipton area is Jackie, who has a voluntary job at Scope.

Jackie has had a voluntary job at Scope for many years and is a really well liked member of the team. Having this job gave Jackie a lot of confidence and so about two years ago, Jackie started a new paid job as a cleaner in someone's home.

At first Jackie went to work with a job coach and over about a year learned how to do her job to a really high standard. The job coach withdrew their support until eventually Jackie could do the job herself.

Also at this time Jackie changed her hours of work which meant that she could catch a local bus instead of having to rely on lifts. With support from her job coach, it took Jackie several months to become confident at using the bus, but she now travels to work independently and her employer is really pleased with the job that she does.

Jackie says "Having a paid job and using the bus is really good."

North Yorkshire House
442-444 Scalby Road
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO17 7EE

Telephone:01609 534217 or 01609 534230

This page contains information about supported employment services in the Malton area. Please contact us at the number above for an informal, no obligation chat.

Supported employment services in Malton - success stories

There are many success stories of people who have found work with the help of supported employment services. Two of the success stories from the Malton area are:

Sam

Sam first contacted Ryedale supported employment in February 2003. After completing her vocational profile and attending the three day assessment, Sam's skills were matched through a work experience at Ryedale House as an administration assistant for adult and community services (now called health and adult services). As her skills developed she was offered a job at the Encephalitis Support Group and in November 2005, Sam started work for them. As an admin assistant Sam undertook photocopying, shredding and putting mail-outs together. Sam really enjoyed the job, especially as her duties grew to include copy typing and attending promotional events.

Having worked in administration for five years, she felt she would like to do something different. In January 2008, Sam started volunteering at Help the Aged, steaming, cleaning and helping in the shop. She enjoys the different work and meeting new people.

In addition, Sam started work at Rainbow Nursery in October 2008. She had always wanted to work with children and had a lot of experience from helping with her niece and nephew. Sam likes reading stories, painting and setting up theme days, like Halloween and Christmas. She has become a valued member of the team and enjoys a night out with the other staff.

Ian

Ian asked for help in finding work from Ryedale supported employment in October 2001. Ian's first work placement was at Barnardos charity shop where he sorted the clothes, cleaned and helped move boxes. He was there until the shop closed in December 2007. 
In 2002 Ian became a volunteer at Malton Hospital, taking the sweet trolley around the wards. He then also had the chance to wash their fleet cars.

As Ian's confidence and work skills developed, he felt that the time was right to look for paid work. The job of kitchen cleaner for two and a half hours a week at Cauwood was vacant. Ian applied and started work in March 2003. Ian has to maintain the kitchen to a high standard to meet with the yearly health and safety checks. As part of his work he is also required to do the food hygiene certificate.

Ryedale supported employment services support Ian as needed, at first with a job coach and then just with regular review meetings.

Ian still enjoys his voluntary work and is also working for St Catherine's Hospital furniture shop, putting furniture together, cleaning and assisting customers in the shop. He also enjoys the social events they arrange for the volunteers.

Ian also became the 'Speak Up' representative for Ryedale.

Ian feels it is important to do a variety of jobs. He likes the extra money and spends it on a yearly holiday.

White Rose House
Thurston Road
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL6 2NA

Telephone:01609 535241

Fax:01609 772610

This page contains information about supported employment services in the Northallerton area. Please contact us at the number above for an informal, no obligation chat.

Supported employment services in Northallerton - a success story

There are many success stories of people who have found work with the help of supported employment services. One of the success stories from the Northallerton area is David, who works at Earley Ornamentals.

David has worked at Earley Ornamentals in Thirsk since 2006. Earley Ornamentals specialise in supplying plug plants to the horticultural trade. David was supported in finding paid work by supported employment services, who helped match David's skills and interests with this local employer.

Previously, he had worked in a voluntary capacity in a charity shop and attended college to learn about work skills and help brush up on his literacy, numeracy and computer skills, before approaching supported employment to help find paid work.

The partnership with Earley Ornamentals has been very successful and David works as a member of the team, working at planting-on cuttings from all over the world for distribution to businesses around both North Yorkshire and the UK. David works alongside people from all over the world too and really enjoys working as part of such a diverse team.

Mike Martin, manager at Earley Ornamentals says "David is a good worker and has fitted in well at Earley. The partnership with supported employment has worked well. David is a valued member of our team."

North Yorkshire House
442-444 Scalby Road
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO12 6EE

Telephone:01609 534217 or 01609 534230

This page contains information about supported employment services in the Scarborough area. Please contact us at the number above for an informal, no obligation chat.

Supported employment services in Scarborough - a success story

There are many success stories of people who have found work with the help of supported employment services. One of the success stories from the Scarborough area is John, who works at Plaxton Court.

John works at Plaxton Court as part of the general maintenance team. His role is to assist the estate manager with domestic duties such as: gardening; weeding; keeping the entrance and car park tidy and presentable; light resident chores; and maintaining the communal and industrial areas.

John worked closely with a supported employment services job coach at first to help him to establish a routine, as he had been out of work for a long time. With a planned programme of support in place, John was able to increase his confidence at work and over time support was reduced as John became more independent in the workplace.

The service then worked closely with the team at Plaxton Court to develop natural supports.

John is now an established member of the team and says; "I love it here, and the staff are great."

2 Abbey Yard
Selby
North Yorkshire
YO8 4PS

Telephone:01609 535950

Please contact us at the number above for an informal, no obligation chat