As part of the Scottish Government Action Plan for Supported Employment, all Supported Employment Workers are required to work to a competency framework supported by accredited qualifications.
This qualification will provide an opportunity for Supported Employment employees to obtain a work-related qualification to enhance their skills while in employment. The group award will enable staff working in Supported Employment to evidence their knowledge in their respective job roles; provide opportunities for career progression and for continuous professional development.
The following list is not exclusive but is illustrative of the range of potential staff groups in related sectors to whom this Award may be of value:
Personal Assistants directly employed by people with disabilities and additional support needs/ Education staff — (school) teaching staff, guidance staff, classroom assistants, family support liaison workers FE College staff/ Careers Advisors/ Advice and Guidance staff/Counsellors/ NHS clinical and administrative staff/ Social work staff — including through-care and aftercare workers/Housing staff and benefits advisors/ Home care support staff/Family Liaison Officers/ Vocational rehabilitation staff
This group award is aimed at candidates who are experienced in Supporting Employment service delivery and who have either no other formal qualifications, or hold qualifications in an unrelated area of service delivery. It is aimed primarily for staff and/or volunteers involved in face to face delivery of employment/ work placement opportunities for clients with additional needs
Entry by informal interview. All candidates will be required to complete a written and basic computing assessment as part of the interview process.
The PDA is made up of 4 units;
Supported Employment Practice: Values and Principles
Supported Employment Practice: Engaging with the Client
Supported Employment Practice: On and off the job support
Supported Employment Practice: Promoting Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
November - June
6 Hours - 1 day per week
Can lead to:
Level 8 PDA
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