Programmes/models, training & resources

Programmes/models, training & resources

SI Programmes/models

Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap is an innovative joint partnership between New Bridge School, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The project is a unique experience for students, giving them the chance to try three different full-time work placements over an academic year, in either the Royal Oldham Hospital or Manchester Metropolitan University.

Bridging the Gap Brochure - A Guide

Bridging the Gap Brochure - A Student Guide

Bridging the Gap Brochure - Job Descriptions

Project Search
The Project Search supported internship model helps disabled people secure and keep paid permanent jobs. It is particularly suited to people with moderate and severe learning disabilities or autism, and others who can benefit from partnership working.

Rose Project
The Realistic Opportunities for Supported Employment (ROSE) programme has been based at Havering College's Quarles Campus since its launch in April 2006. Their aim is, with the support of parents/guardians and staff, to secure paid work placements for clients with learning disabilities. The support of a Job Coach, is available to support clients for as long as necessary to become an independent employee. Havering College pride themselves on ensuring this is an individual service, giving a one to one tailor made support plan to ensure the client has access and choice of paid employment. They also offer support to the employer, so that the working relationship is a fruitful one for all concerned.


BASE (British Association for Supported Employment)

BASE are available for services to commission courses for their staff teams. Courses are available in:

  • Training in Systematic Instruction (TSI)
  • Job Coach training
  • Recruiting and retaining a Diverse Workforce
  • Marketing your Service for Individual Budgets
  • Working with Employers

BASE also works with a range of freelance trainers who deliver training on a variety of topics including TSI, Job retention case management.

Click here for further details of BASE's training services.
For further details, contact Huw Davies on 01204 880733 or 

Key resources

A Financial Cost: Benefit Analysis of Kent Supported Employment
This report identifies positive outcomes from the work of Kent Supported Employment (KSE), with disabled people being on average 55% better off financially, with the cost of KSE being 12% less than the cost of a day service, alongside significant savings to the taxpayer.

Briefing for Post 16 Providers
Contains fantastic examples of what study programmes can look like.

Good practice resource - Raising aspirations for disabled students post 16: New Bridge School
New Bridge School Learning Centre successfully raises the aspirations of disabled students and their families by offering an excellent range of Key Stage 4 and sixth form pathways that caters for a variety of special educational needs. Highly effective routes to employment and apprenticeships as well as opportunities which enable students to make outstanding progress in becoming more independent, meaning that post-16 students are extremely well prepared and motivated to move on to the next step in their education or training.

How to guide: learning from the Valuing People Now employment demonstration sites
Best practice guidance that sets out learning and case studies from the Getting a Life, Jobs First and other Valuing People Now Employment demonstration projects. It gives practical information and examples of how to improve employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities at a local level.

Job Coaching or Supported Employment
In Valuing Employment Now, the Government committed to publish standards for job coaching to drive improvements in supported employment provision, to ensure that more people with learning disabilities, especially people with moderate to severe learning disabilities, get and keep jobs. This paper discusses what makes good supported employment. The document looks at the definition, guiding principles and stages of supported employment.

Making it Work: Embedding a supported employment approach in vocational education and training for people with learning difficulties
This book provides information about the supported employment process and how this can be embedded in vocational training and courses for people with learning difficulties.

Project Search: Evaluation
The Project Search model helps disabled people secure and keep paid permanent jobs. An evaluation was conducted of 14 Project Search 'demonstration' sites in England during the 2010-11 academic year.

Supported Employment and Job Coaching - best practice guidelines
This document gives the final definition of supported employment following consultation with stakeholders on the draft definition that was published in March 2010.

Top tips for colleges setting up supported internships
FE Colleges involved in the supported internship trial have collated two lists of top tips that providers offering supported internships may find helpful. They are on 'Advantages to taking on an intern with learning difficulties and / or disabilities - tips for education providers to engage employers' and 'Top tips for transition of young people at the end of their internship'.

Tags: Guide, Supported Internships

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