Employment and Community Skills - Easy Read
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|Employment and Community Skills|
|There are two teams in the Employment and Community Skills department. These are the Wiltshire Employment Support Team and the Community Connecting Team.|
|Wiltshire Employment Support Team|
|The Wiltshire Employment Support team work to help you find and keep paid work with local employers.|
|We will look at what will suit your skills and experience.
We will then match your skills with jobs or apprenticeships that are available.
|Community Connecting (skills)|
|The Community Connecting team helps you to find out more about your local community and get involved. They can help you with:|
|Finding voluntary work|
|Joining a club|
|Going to college|
|Using community facilities for activities you enjoy.|
|To use the Wiltshire Employment Support Team or the Community Connecting Team you have to be:|
|14 to 25 years of age with a statement of Special Education Need or have had a statement.|
|16 to 25 year olds with autism without a My Plan need to discuss with the team before a referral is made.|
|For people over 18 years old, please contact your Social Worker or Care Manager in Adult Care.|
|Live in Wiltshire|
|You are not eligible if you are:|
|Working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service.|
|Supported by a universal service (that’s open to anyone) such as a Work Programme provider.|
|People that can refer you are:|
|• Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
• Wiltshire College Tutor
• Social worker
• Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
|• Avon and Wiltshire Partnership (AWP), Autism Assessment.
• Wiltshire Council social care Advice and Information.
• Integrated Youth Service
|The referral process – how it works:|
You will be referred to a Job Coach or Community Co-ordinator.
You will be given an Information pack.
You will make a personal profile (about you)and a CV.
The team will help you to look for paid work, fill in application forms and go to interviews.
The community connecting team will help you look for voluntary work, training, travel training and to make friendships.
Coaching normally lasts for about 6 weeks.
You will have a review to see how things are going, every 3 to 6 months when you are with a job coach or the community connecting team.
The support you get will end when you are in job and feel confident to stay in that work.
|Employment and Community Skills - Schools and Colleges in Wiltshire|
|Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) works with specialist schools in Wiltshire to deliver a 14 week programme to help students prepare for paid work.
The sessions include:
|What is work|
|Health & Safety|
|Attitudes & Expectations|
|Applications & Interviews|
|About Supported Employment|
|Next Steps (Goals)|
|Community Connecting work in specialist schools and provide a six week programme that focuses on the community.
The course includes:
|Attitudes & Expectations|
|Hobbies and Interests|
|Occasionally training before being placed in a paid job might be the best option.
A job coach can identify and agree traineeships with an employer and the community connect team will provide support for a time.