The short-term joint staff training events organized in the project are crucial to improve the quality and European value of the methodology and results to be developed as well as to rise the impact on the learning of the participants of the activities planned by the project.
This project foresees four staff trainings events, one in each partner country. Participants : 4 SES from every partner will participate to a short term (7 days including travel) training events. The training mobility will allow participants to share their national approaches and good practices in supported employment, and together to develop the methodology to be used in the project. Participants will also agree on the content, structure and index of the each stage of supported employment. Supported Employment Specialists from different countries will share their first hand experiences to facilite the development of training programme. Each joint staff training event will have a training program, workshops, study visits and meeting with local SES, NGOs working with people with disabilities from the host country. Each LTTA will concentrate on different stage of Supported Employment as described below.
SES are extremely important in the concept of supported employment. With the spread of this method of employing people with disabilities, SES become a distinct profession on the labor market. Unfortunately, at present it is not yet entered in some partner countries classification of occupations and specialties. In addition, in the education system in partner countries there are no schools and colleges preparing for the profession.
It is therefore important for trainers to acquire new qualifications and qualifications through their participation in training that includes the development of soft skills that are essential for effective performance. In particular, they are, for example, the ability to establish and maintain contact, development of a personal trainer is also facilitated by the presence of a mentor, eg another work trainer who, through his or her skills and experience, supports the trainer in entering his or her duties and then searches for new ideas and solutions. Equally important for the development of coaching skills is the organization of group meetings, providing the opportunity to exchange experiences between trainers who work in similar environments, with people with disabilities but in other areas such as the county, region or province or even another country.
Thanks to cooperation with partner organizations active in the field of vocational activation, people with intellectual disabilities will be able to introduce world-wide standards of supported employment, using the experience of international experts, and adapt the model of SE to the needs and legal regulations of the Polish labor market and create their own standards of supporting people with disabilities.
The role of the trainer combines the competences and functions of a vocational teacher, career counselor, consultant, work agent, vocational instructor, social worker, therapist and support person. SES works in three areas. The most important area is direct support for the disabled person. The second area is the working environment where the SES works in parallel with the employer and co-workers of the disabled person. The third area is the closest neighborhood (including the family) of the disabled person. The wide range of duties of a SES necessitates a continuous increase in their qualifications, competencies and knowledge.