Title TRAVORS2 Training for Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Project Number UK/10/LLP-LdV/TOI-307
Product European practitioner certificate in disability employment
Title European practitioner certificate in disability employment
Product Type program or curricula
Marketing Text The European Practitioner Certificate in Disability Employment (EPC) is a flexible skills-based programme for people working in the field of disability employment. It reflects modern, evidence-based vocational rehabilitation practice, and enables providers to offer flexible training programmes and where applicable direct access to assessment. The EPC is designed to correspond to level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework. A comprehensive manual is available to support delivery of the EPC.
The EPC is a flexible, skills-based programme for people working in the field of disability employment, who could be for instance social workers, vocational tutors and trainers, careers advisers, personnel/HR practitioners, disability support workers, insurance assessors, or employers. The EPC was developed from the TRAVORS adviser course and modified through consultation with partners, research carried out by partners into the legislative and validation contexts in their countries, and through trialling in the five TRAVORS2 countries. The EPC is based on the following principles:
• An evidence-based, client-centred approach to vocational rehabilitation
• Competence assessed at work: certification is based on what the person can do rather than the length or content of training
• Learning needs analysis and diagnostic assessment: training is geared to the needs of the group or individual rather than being based on a standard programme
• Validation in each partner country through the appropriate approval or agency.
A comprehensive manual is available to support delivery of the EPC. The contents of the manual are:
Using this manual
B Operating TRAVORS2 training and the EPC
D Learning needs analysis and diagnostic assessment
E Training design and delivery
F Assessment for the qualification
Part 2: Unit specifications (see below)
Part 3: Forms and checklists – training and qualification
Part 4: Assessment forms for the qualification.
The EPC is divided into six units; a certificate is awarded for achievement of unit 1 and one or more other units. The units and learning outcomes are:
Unit 1 Professional skills and ethics
1.1. Understand and work with legal and organisational factors relating to disability employment
1.2. Act in accordance with ethical principles
1.3. Work effectively with clients, colleagues and other professionals
1.4. Support client and employer self-determination and behavioural change
1.5. Manage risks to safety
Unit 2 Engaging with client communities
2.1. Engage with organisations and groups to improve employment opportunities for disabled people
2.2. Engage potential clients through publicity, outreach and community involvement
2.3. Develop and run work-focussed projects in the local community
2.4. Support groups of clients to develop their confidence and ability to find and obtain work
Unit 3 Enabling clients to obtain work
3.1. Work with clients to carry out assessments for employment
3.2. Support clients to plan and make progress towards obtaining work
3.3. Support clients to undertake job search, job preparation and return to work
Unit 4 Supporting clients in work
4.1. Work with clients to carry out assessments to aid sustainable return to work
4.2. Support graduated return to work
4.3. Assist clients and employers to select and implement appropriate adjustments
Unit 5 Supporting employers to employ disabled people
5.1. Develop and maintain employment opportunities for disabled people and people with health conditions
5.2. Support employers to recruit and employ disabled people and people with health conditions
5.3. Identify and influence organisational factors that affect sustainable return-to-work
Unit 6 Case management
6.1. Ensure that clients are received appropriately and their eligibility established
6.2. Manage cases and co-ordinate the contributions of others
6.3. Make and maintain relevant records
6.4. Review cases and identify learning-points from them for improving future practice.
Currently the EPC is validated as follows:
Czech Republic (Merosystem): validation by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport as a certificated lifelong learning programme.
Lithuania (VšĮ Edukaciniai projektai): authority from the Ministry of Education to provide certification as an ‘informal programme’; validation as a formal qualification is being explored via the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.
Slovenia (URI-Soča): self-validating, issuing certificates under its own authority.
Turkey (Selçuk University): short course accreditation.
UK (Rehabilitation Network Ltd): Edexcel validation as a BTEC Professional Certificate.
The EPC manual is available at www.travors-2.eu/upload/epcmanual.pdf
Target group Practitioners working in the field of disability employment, along with organisations that employ and train them
Area of application
Product Languages English