Title CODA Career Opportunities with Disadvantage Awareness
Project Number UK/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/163_106
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Men and women with learning disabilities (intellectual impairments)experience lower than average access to vocational training and or entry into employment. Many employers do not understand the skills and competencies that a person with a learning disability can offer in the work place. This situation can be made worse by poor access to appropriate training and preparation for employment, but significantly they do not have the opportunity to showcase their skills and key competencies. In addition, people with a learning disability are not usually able to express their transferable skills and abilities in a way that would enhance their job potential.
The CODA project had resourced, designed and built a secure web based product that endorses and demonstrates the abilities and achievements of learning disabled people to support them into training and work, thus helping them integrate into the labour market. This was be a valuable tool for those for whom a conventional CV is not appropriate. The CODA product comprised three different components held together on the web portal.
The CODA product helped more men and women with learning disabilities into training and work. Agencies and employers could accurately assess competencies of learning disabled candidates. Care was staff receive additional training to help learning disabled clients complete the DCP and support them into training or employment. Launched the CODA product was available for all those with learning disabilities and with low literacy to showcase their achievements and support them into work.
Summary The CODA project had developed and produced an accessible version of a CV designed for people with intellectual impairments to help showcase their key competencies to employers and support their access into work. All the results and products of the project were integrated and could be found on www.codaonline.com
Description The CODA project had resourced, designed and built a secure web based product that will endorse and demonstrate the abilities and achievements of learning disabled people to support them into training and work, thus helping them integrate into the labour market. This was a valuable tool for those for whom a conventional CV is not appropriate. The CODA product comprised three different components held together on the web portal
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Transportation and Storage
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
description of new occupation profiles
The Digital Career Portfolio (DCP) showcases a range of key competencies and ‘soft skills’ (time keeping, customer relations, ability to travel to and from work) in a visually accessible format that does not exclude men and women with learning disabilities, and also provides information to employers in a concise and appropriate format to help them assess the potential of the learning disabled job candidate. The format of the DCP wwas appropriate for other disadvantaged groups with low educational skills who have difficulty accessing the labour market. As work, training and skills were completed these competences could be added to the DCP to build up a skills log of the holder and promote access to further training or employment.
The web portal was hold the DCPs and enable employers access to a number of different candidates. That helped them choose the right candidate from the range of competencies shown on their DCPs. Both employer and potential employee were helped with this by specially trained job coaches.
A training programme had been incorporated into the web portal aimed at providing a training module for care staff so they can work with the learning disabled candidate and build the DCP with them. There was also a further training module to assist the care staff to understand and perform the role of a job coach so they were better able to support the candidate into work or training and offer ongoing support.