HS4LC Skills Bridge offers three targeted programmes for young adults with learning disabilities and autism to achieve independence and employment.

Core Values of Supported Employment​


Here at Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre, we follow the Core Values of Supported Employment. We embrace the philosophy that:

1. People with disabilities and/ or disadvantages can make a positive contribution in the workplace.


2. People with disabilities and/ or disadvantages should have access to a real job. They should have equal opportunities and the same chances as other employees.


3. We uphold the ‘zero rejection’ philosophy of supported employment, so that, with the right job and the right level of support, everyone who wants to work, can work.


4. Supported employment adheres to a ‘place, train and maintain’ approach rather than a work readiness model.


5. Job searching happens at the earliest opportunity.


6. Jobseekers are encouraged to exercise choice and control over their career pathway. The support is individualised and all options assume successful employment.


7. There is a partnership between the jobseeker, family, carers, community support, employers and the provider of supported employment.


8. Jobseekers are supported to be active members of the workplace and wider community.


9. We recognise the importance of the employer being the customer and their requirements need to be satisfied.


10. Supported employment follows Social Role Valorisation (SRV) in establishing that achieving paid employment means that the jobseeker has a meaningful role in society and can help eliminate social devaluation.


11. Supported employment follows the social model of disability. We recognise that disability is a result of the physical, organisational and attitudinal behaviours of society. Eliminating discrimination enables a change in the way society works, thus removing the barriers to employment. Through using reasonable adjustments and disability awareness training, it allows these barriers to be eliminated.


12. Supported employment encourages jobseekers to find employment which allows career development.


Please note the information above was taken from the Supported Employment National Occupational Standards.

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