Title EUSE Toolkit for Diversity
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-531
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text European Union of Supported Employment Toolkit for Diversity will transfer the five stage model of Supported Employment for people from disadvantaged situations.
The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) is an umbrella group of National Associations of Supported Employment from across Europe. Established in 1993, EUSE promotes the application of the Supported Employment (SE )model as a means to securing economic inclusion for people with disabilities. EUSE has improved standards and promoted best practice through bi-annual conferences and a recent Leonardo project which produce the EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit. EUSE recognised that the model of Supported Employment could be adapted for people from other disadvantaged situations and in some European States this had already been commenced. The EUSE Toolkit for Diversity (EUSET) project aim was to adapt the existing Supported Employment Toolkit for three main target groups:-
• Young people not in education, employment or training
• Offenders and ex-prisoners
• People recovering from substance abuse.
The EUSET Project consisted of 12 partners from 11 European states. The project aim and objectives were achieved by the partners who:-
• Conducted a Needs Analysis Report which was translated in to 9 languages
• Adapted Supported Employment Toolkit for the target groups
• Tested the adapted SE Toolkit with target group organisations
• Produced an EUSE Toolkit for Diversity booklet which was translated in to 9 languages
• Delivered capacity training to all partners
• Produced Training Materials and Minimum Standards for training delivery
• Delivered training to target group organisation
• Conducted an internal and external evaluation
• Dissemination and exploitation activities (launch, website, European dissemination event and national dissemination events)
The European Union of Supported Employment Toolkit for Diversity was a partnership of 12 organisations from 11 European States who came together under the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Programme to adapt the EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit for people from other disadvantaged situations other than disability. The partners included National Associations of Supported Employment and organisation directly delivering Supported Employment i.e Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (lead partner), Dabei- Austria (National Association), Theotokos Foundation (SE organisation, Greece), APEA (Portuguese National Association), ASES (Spanish National Association), IASE (Irish National Association), SE –schweiz (Swizz National Association) Rytmus (SE Organisation, Czech Republic), Skinner (SE Organisation, Italy), Status Employment (SE Organisation, UK) and Activa (SE Organisation, Sweden). The partnership provided a good mix of organisations delivering SE and promoting Supported Employment through policy development and quality Standards. The partnership also addressed issues in geographical areas Central, Northern, Southern and UK & Ireland. The cluster groups focused on specific target groups representing people from other disadvantaged situation ie Central and Northern Cluster groups focused on young people not in education, employment or training, Southern Cluster Group focused on people recovering from Substance abuse and UK & Ireland focusing on offenders and ex-prisoners.
The main aim of the project was to adapt the EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit which had been developed through a previous Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme. This was achieved by:-
• Needs Analysis Report – by conducting a Needs Analysis Report in each country which provided an overview of the current economic situation in relation to the target groups. This included information on current government policies and practices, relevant statistics and demographics and qualitative analysis of the target groups (focus groups with target groups, NGOs and policy makers) The partners worked in their cluster groups and produced a combined Needs Analysis Report. The Needs Analysis Report was translated in to 9 languages (Austrian/German, Finnish, Greek, Czech, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swiss/German and Swedish).
• Adaptation of EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit – base on the Needs Analysis Report the partners adapted the EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit for the target group. The partners tested the adaptation by organising information and testing days with at least 4 organisations (2 target group organisaiton and 2 Supported Employment organisations) per partner. This was exceeded and partners tested the adaptation on a total of 59 organisation of which 75% were from the target groups. From the results of the Information and Testing days the partners adapted and produced the EUSE Toolkit on Diversity
• EUSE Toolkit on Diversity was translated in to 9 languages
• Capacity Building Training – capacity building training was delivered to the partners as a number of partners had not delivered training before and include training on Learning Cycle, Learning Styles, Training Aids, Evaluation Tools and How to prepare a training session. The training provided an introduction to training and gave confidence to partners to deliver training on the EUSE Toolkit for Diversity.
• Training Materials were developed by the partners which also included Minimum Standards for delivering the training. The partners delivered the training to 66 target group organisation which exceed the original target of 2 organisation per partner (24 target group organisations).
• Dissemination and exploitation – throughout the life time of the project numerous dissemination and exploitation activities were held. The main events included European Launch (11 June 2013) and Final Dissemination Event (25 September 2014) and National Dissemination events held in each partner state.
• Evaluation – an internal and external evaluation was conducted as part of the project
The EUSET projects tangible and intangible outcomes were achieved
• The adapted and translated Supported Employment Toolkit for the target groups.
• The capacity of the 12 partner organisations to deliver toolkit training to 66 organisations during the lifetime of the project and additional organisations after the project is complete.
The intangible outcomes were
• Increased mobility of SE Workers across Europe
• Improved service delivery to end users
• Improved economic outcomes for disadvantaged people
Sustainability - the EUSET Project and partnership will be sustained through the European Union of Supported Employment who have agreed to:-
• Maintain and monitor the project developments (ie requests for information and training etc)
• Promote the EUSET Project through its membership and networks
• Maintain and update the project website for the next two years (www.eusetoolkit.eu )
• Promote the further exploitation of the Supported Employment Toolkit to people from other disadvantaged situation and to other European States.
Access for disadvantaged
Other Service Activities
material for open learning
Produce EUSE Toolkit How to Guides for people from disadvantaged groups in to 9 partner languages.
EUSE Toolkit for Diversity dedicated website
Traning Needs Analysis Report
Interim and Final Evaluation Report