19th EAWOP Congress, Turin, Italy, 29 May - 01 June 2019, pp.2
Enhancing Diversity at Work through Supported Employment for People with Disabilities
Supported Employment (SE) is a methodology for helping the disadvantaged people to enter the competitive work environment and enhancing the diversity at work. SE Specialists play a crucial role in the success of SE process. They consult the clients from job searching to adjusting to their jobs and workplaces. SE for People with Disabilities is a new concept for Turkey and SE applications are still in need of improvement in countries like Bulgaria, Slovenia and Portugal. As a result of that, an Erasmus Project was conducted by the partners from these countries.
In this project training materials were developed to improve the competencies of the SE specialists for PwDs. A 6-module training program was developed as a results of the needs analysis conducted in these countries. Pilot training sessions were completed with 196 trainees in 4 countries. Training evaluation was conducted using Training Satisfaction Questionnaires, Module Evaluation Questionnaires, an Assessment Questionnaire (a 37-question multiple choice exam) and E-Learning Satisfaction Questionnaires.
The results showed that the trainees and trainers were content with the training program and the results of the assessment exams showed that the trainees in Turkey and Portugal achieved to learn the concepts and applications appropriately: the mean of correct answers for Portuguese trainees were 30.90 and for Turkish trainees 26.90.
Besides this project there is a lot to do for the development of SE in these countries for the employment of PwDs as SE is a serviceable and a practical tool for the rehabilitation of PwDs and for the integration of disadvantaged people with the society.
Key Words: Supported Employment, Employability of People with Disabilities, Diversity, Integration, Training Evaluation