Job Coaches play a really important role in supporting people with a learning disability to find and keep a job. By helping people to think about their skills, interests and aspirations, the Job Coach will help identify the best job by matching those skills to the needs of a local employer. The people who provide support can have a variety of job titles such as Job Coach, employment adviser, employment consultant and employment support officer.
It is important to make sure that the Job Coach can give you the right support and uses proper supported employment techniques. Research says this is the best way to support people with a learning disability into work. Getting the support of a trained and experienced Job Coach can be an important step in finding and keeping a great job. When choosing a Job Coach, it is important to make sure that they have the skills to guide you through the process.
Although Job Coaches are not currently regulated in the UK, it can be reassuring to know that a good Job Coach will work to certain standards of practice.
There are lots of different courses for Job Coaches. Some of the best known ones include:
There are plenty of other related courses that many Job Coaches may have been on such as Health and Safety,Teaching or Care.
There are now Quality Standards for Supported Employment along with new qualifications available at NVQ Level 3.
Check to see what training and experience your Job Coach has. Some of the questions you may want to ask include:
You might also want to look for a Job Coach who: