JobSense uses Specialist Employment Advisers to support people with a sensory loss, through a range of interventions tailored to the needs and circumstances of the individual to achieve the following outcomes:
Confidence building and vocational skills, such as:
- Knowledge, skills and work behaviours
- Skills relating to developing applications for work
- Problem solving, communicating and relationship management
- Emotional resilience and confidence
- Manage money more carefully
Practical help, such as:
- transport challenges
- Identifying realistic and appropriate options for work
- Information on vacancies in association with Job Centre Plus et al
- Referrals to training programmes to learn additional skills, including accredited training and qualifications relevant to the participant’s journey towards work
- Referral to further and higher education programs
- Awareness of technology that can support sensory loss in the workplace
- Providing access to work experience, work placements, volunteering opportunities and job tasters through a wide range of employers
Specific outcomes for each participant exiting the programme could be:
- Supporting them into employment
- Completing work experience placement or volunteering opportunity
- Gaining a qualification or work relevant certification
- Or engaging in job search.
The JobSense project also employs specialist Employer Engagement Coordinators to liaise with businesses across Wales to identify and facilitate suitable vacancies. We hope they will leave a legacy of employers better informed on the needs and support mechanisms (including Access to Work) available to people with a sensory loss.
You can read the Wales Govt funding announcement in Welsh and in English.