The Big Event Real Jobs Zone
March 16, 2010
In Control’s mission is to play a key role in the
creation of a new system of social care,
where people will control their support, their
money and their lives as valued citizens
A Real Job
A real job can be where someone is employed by a company
or organisation, or is self-employed. The person is paid,
that is to say they do not give their labour for free.
• Helps the person to meet their life-goals and aspirations.
• Is valued by managers and colleagues.
• Gives the person a chance to progress, if they wish to.
• Has similar hours and times at work as other employees at the
company or in similar jobs.
• Gives employment rights and the other benefits accorded to
colleagues and others in similar jobs
...very similar to the definition in Valuing Employment Now
Valuing Employment Now
The role of Personal Budgets
(from Valuing Employment Now)
The move to personal budgets...provides an
important opportunity to support adults with
learning disabilities into work. Personal
budgets can and should be used for this.
Learning Disability Partnership Boards will be
encouraged to review day service
modernisation plans, to ensure that they have
employment at their heart...
...plus twelve other key areas....
What have we discovered so far?
• Every individual is different: we all have
different strengths and different support
• Each ‘group’ of people has different strengths
and needs: we need to be sensitive to
• Each locality is different: we must build on
strengths, and recognise weaknesses
Work and Jobs pages
•Valuing Employment Now, strategy
•Work and Jobs Facts Sheets
•What is a Great Job?
•Buy What about my Benefits?
•So how do I get a job?
•What if I need help?
•If the help isn’t there, what do I do?
•What’s a great job for me
•Get your job in 4 steps
•Finding the right job
•What about benefits
•Writing an ad
•My job by Wendy Perez
The Real Jobs programme
1. Diagnosis and strategic planning phase
2. Tailored programme, incorporating:
• Developing a customised employment
• Family led jobs
• Andrew Tyson
• Anne O’Bryan
• Keith Bates
• Wendy Perez
• Susan Allott
• Steve Beyer
• Nicola Gitsham
• Ellen Atkinson
• Chris East
• Cost – 7K for diagnosis phase for IC members
• Start – as soon as possible
• Diagnosis phase – includes 5 on-site visits,
including 3 workshops
• Duration – by negotiation, up to 2 years
• Strategic focus – Valuing Employment Now,
PSA16, Putting People First and Right to
Control (braided funding streams), Getting a
Life pilots (transition)
UCP: United Cerebral Palsy’s Six
year Choice Access Project, 1993-
Mike Callahan, Nancy Sullivan, Abby Cooper,
UCP: Design Features
an individual budget directed by participants
Choice Coordinator, Employment Advisor
individual planning job development
Extensive technical assistance & training
UCP: Finding the Right Job
What do you do best?
Recognize that no one knows me better than I do, though others
may have helpful perspectives.
What would your best possible job be like?
Identify careers based on personal talents, skills, interests and
Understand the importance of work.
Who do you know that could help you out with . . . ? Using natural
supports the person has and chooses
UCP: United Cerebral Palsy’s 6 year Choice
Access Project, 1993-1999
• Detroit, New Orleans and Pittsburgh
• 285 people applied
• 260 people accepted - only people with severe +
multiple disabilities re communication, manipulation &
• 40% also had learning disabilities
• 221 participants made plans
• 134 participants became employed (61%)
• 29 became self-employed (13%)
Customised Employment in
Developing local capacity for everyone that wants a career
A process that really works
Best supported employment practice:
All stakeholders engaged
Person centred planning techniques
Updated technology – digital photography,
PowerPoint profiles and portfolios
Best employer practice:
Disability Equality Duty
What am I already good at?
Person centred job planning
Led by the job seeker, focused on what
works, aimed at potential employers
Employer discovery and negotiation
Job seeker’s priorities, employer needs
analysis, workplace analysis, reasonable
adjustments and support Career
Family Led Jobs
Aligning the efforts of people who want
careers, their families, friends and
services, Anne O’Bryan and Steve Parr
– Find people who want real jobs but are
having trouble getting them
– Use best practice from the USA and UK
– Combine family commitment and
enthusiasm with local service support
Permanent paid jobs
for 5 to 7 people
Family Led Jobs
Support to families to get involved, invite
others and complete the process successfully
Welfare Rights session
Day 1 - Introduction and Discovery Process
Day 2 - Getting to the Planning Meeting
Day 3 – Employer Discovery & Job Negotiation
Family Led Jobs
Chris was sixteen and still at school. It was difficult to think about his
employment pathway but a local supported employment service helped put
together his profile.
Chris has courage
and enjoys a challenge !
Informal Work Experience
Chris uses most appliances at home including:
Nintendo Wii / game consoles
Microwave / cooker hob
T.V. / Sky
Computer / Internet and microsoft word
Basics of central heating
Shower / bath / taps
He often lays the table and helps with the
laundry …. Unprompted!
“Discovery makes us think much more positively about Chris”.
Veronica, Chris’s Mother
Current Levels of Performance :
LOVES HAVING HOUSE TO HIMSELF
Chris naturally keeps his room tidy and always makes his bed and
folds/puts away his clothes.
He can load/unload the washing machine/tumble
Carries Ironing up and downstairs
He can hoover when asked.
He can make a simple lunch.
Chris always makes us all a drink when asked.
He lays the table at mealtimes very neatly!!
He will answer the phone and call for person.
Chris will help put away shopping with motivation.
Switches off lights and unused electric sockets(Fire!)
He can lock the house up for the night!
Although he’s only 16 we can already see Chris has a lot to
offer an employer . . .
Chris has had personalised work experience at the
Co-Op supported by his school and family…
Chris is ready to work
Chris is ready to
your Job Offers !
Contact Chrisdirect or via his representatives on:
Te l :01803 310776- Veronica & Alistair Dowall (his
parents), or, 01803 521612for Pluss (his Supported
And is now looking for a job in the hotel industry…