What is Specialist Employability Support?

Specialist Employability Support (SES) programme is an innovative new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) programme focusing on helping disabled people who need the most support to either enter work or move closer to the labour market, and engage in further employment related courses or activities.

There are two main types of support available:

  1. SES Start Back is a short-term provision (up to 3 months) for those customers who after receiving some specialist support could be ready to move into work or another provision.
  2. SES Main Provision provides access to more intensive employability support and is intended for those customers who may require a longer journey to overcome multiple or more complex barriers to employment.

Whichever programme you choose you will receive:

  • Dedicated staff to support you on a one-to-one basis
  • Professional advice and guidance
  • Specialist expertise in health and disability issues
  • Support tailored to your needs
  • Help with issues that may be holding you back
  • Access to employer vacancies

What kind of support is on offer to you?

Depending on which programme is right for you, your journey to employment will vary in length. The level and intensity of support will be determined by working together with you.

What’s next?

The starting point on the SES programme will include:

  • An initial face-to-face Start-Up meeting – we prefer to do this face-to-face and this can take place in the closest available location to you.
  • Creating a development plan to support you going forward.
  • Links to other organisations who can help with specific areas of advice.
  • Hands-on help with CV writing, job searching, interview techniques, customer services, budgeting and finance, sales and marketing and leadership
  • Group or individual mentoring sessions
  • Online help and databases to help with job searching
  • From the point of referral you will commence on programme within 20 days.