Employment and Community skills

Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

Who we are

The Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) assists young people into finding and sustaining varying levels of paid employment with local employers.

To do this we look at the different types of paid employment that will suit the young person; this is based upon their skills, interests and experience. We then aim to match individual skills to available jobs including apprenticeships.

WEST forms part of a wider team called Employment and Community Skills.

WEST provides a person centred service, working with the young person to enable them to reach stability when in paid employment with the planned aspiration for them to do this independently.

What we do

When WEST receives your referral you will be allocated to a Job Coach who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Job Coach will ask you about your experience and expertise to help highlight further skills you may need for work, we call this profiling. Your Job Coach will then support you to begin applying for jobs and prepare for interviews.

We can advise you on how to get a benefit calculation completed, which will clearly explain the financial benefits of moving into paid work.

You will actively look for paid employment and need to be committed to your job searching. Should a job be found and you are successful at an interview you will be supported by your Job Coach to start work. This will be until you and your new employer feel confident and have the necessary skills to carry out your role independently. WEST will continue to review how you are getting on in your paid work and support you in sustaining your employment until you are ready to do so independently.

What is Preparing for Employment?

A 12 week programme of one session per week.  Incorporating four sessions with a focus on the Community, followed by 8 sessions focusing on preparation for paid employment.  The sessions include:

  • Hobbies and interests
  • Friendships
  • Travel
  • Information about volunteering, work and supported employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Attitudes and expectations
  • Personal hygiene
  • Transferable skills
  • Applications and interviews
  • Appropriate behaviour

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals

  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).

Adult Care and CTPLD referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Integrated Youth Service
  • Adult Care
  • Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) fact sheet 2015.

Community Connecting

We are delivering community focussed sessions to students with disabilities within Wiltshire Schools and Colleges. This is a four week programme that focuses on preparation for your community. The sessions include some of the following:

  • Your Community
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Personal Safety
  • Travel
  • Friendships
  • Volunteering

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who we are

We assist customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following.

  • Finding voluntary work
  • Socialising
  • Joining a club
  • Further Education; including College courses and other training opportunities
  • Using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy
  • Meeting friends
  • Traineeships
  • Travel training

We provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.

What we do

When Community Connecting receives your referral you will be allocated to a Community Co-ordinator, who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Community Co-ordinator will ask you what type of volunteering or leisure interest you wish to pursue.

We will support you to explore opportunities in your community; working with you to identify your existing skills and help you to develop any new skills needed. When found we then plan with you how you are going to get to your chosen activity/voluntary position and will support you in this for the appropriate length of time. We will review our work with you regularly to ensure you are able to sustain your chosen activity/voluntary position.

Supporting new friendships

Friendships can be supported for all sorts of reasons, some examples may include: Gym sessions, fitness classes, swimming, café visits, meeting in each other’s home, cinema visits, pubs, evening classes, and dog walking.

They would be supported in the same way as voluntary positions and activities.

Once you have settled into your new friendship your Community Co-ordinator will have a chat with you to review it and then fade away to leave you to it.

Work in schools and colleges across Wiltshire

A 12 week programme of one session per week.  Incorporating four sessions with a focus on the Community, followed by 8 sessions focusing on preparation for paid employment.  The sessions include:

  • Hobbies and interests
  • Friendships
  • Travel
  • Information about volunteering, work and supported employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Attitudes and expectations
  • Personal hygiene
  • Transferable skills
  • Applications and interviews
  • Appropriate behaviour

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals

  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).

Adult Care and CTPLD referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Integrated Youth Service
  • Adult Care
  • Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Community Connecting fact sheet 2015

Supported internship

Wiltshire Supported Internship Programme is a study programme which is delivered by Wiltshire College in partnership with Wiltshire Council. The Wiltshire Supported Internship study programme is now open for applications for 2016-17.

Supported Internships are individualised Study Programmes which are designed to equip students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities with the skills they need to secure paid employment.

For a young person, the Supported Internship should fit into their long term career aspirations and fit in with their working capabilities. Progression onto a supported internship will have been a topic of conversation at the young person’s annual review meeting.

For the employer, the Internship must meet a real business need and provide the potential of a paid job at the end of the Study Programme, should the intern meet the required standard

Find out more information about the Supported Internship Programme and how to apply

 

Contact details

For more information about Wiltshire Supported Internships please contact either:

Wiltshire College                    E: supportedinternships@wiltshire.ac.uk

Employment and Community Skills (Wiltshire Employment Support Team)

E: west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk

Postal applications returned to:

Jen Jones, ALS Manager (North), Wiltshire College, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QD.

Supported Internship video

The young people already involved in Supported Internships have helped to create a video to explain the programme.  To view the Supported Internship video click here.

Case studies

Below are some examples of how young people can be supported by the Employment and Skills service.  We have included a number of local case studies:

Jeremy – Community Connecting

Kieran – Community Connecting

Matthew – Community Connecting

Michael – Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

Naomi – Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

Nicholas – Community Connecting

Paul – Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

 Sarah – Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

Stephen – Community Connecting

Employers and voluntary organisations

If you are an employer or voluntary organisation and would like to find out more information about how you can work with the Employment and Community Skills service to support young people please contact the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

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