Updating and continuing professional development (CPD)
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The suite of Supported Employment qualifications have been developed by Gateway Qualifications in conjunction with LSIS and BASE (British Association for Supported Employment) the membership body for supported employment agencies (SEAs). The qualifications have been based on the supported employment NOS produced in 2012 in response to the growing demand for the professionalising of the supported employment sector.
The Level 3 Certificate for Supported Employment Practitioners is a larger qualification which covers the full range of functions expected of a supported employment practitioner, along with the underpinning values for the sector.
The suite of Supported Employment qualifications comprises of:
a small introductory qualification which sets out the core values, fundamental to the sector
a series of larger awards which focus on competence in specific aspects of supported employment practice and an understanding of the underpinning values
a larger qualification, made up of all six awards, which covers the full range of functions expected of a supported employment practitioner, along with the underpinning values for the sector.
(Please note that the credit for the core values unit which appears in each of these qualifications can be transferred between them and therefore need only be completed once, even if a candidate takes more than one of these awards. And if a learner completes all of these awards separately, they can accumulate the credit needed to be awarded the full certificate.)
Studying for this qualification
This qualification is available to study through BASE (British Association for Supported Employment) the membership body for supported employment agencies (SEAs). For more information and prices please the BASE website.
This qualification is also available to study through our partnership with Curriculum and Quality Solutions (CQS). For more information and prices please visit the CQS website.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete the six mandatory units totalling 27 credits to achieve the qualification.
Learners must complete the six units in Group M to achieve the qualification.
Core Values of Supported Employment
Engaging Employers in Supported Employment
Engaging Jobseekers in Supported Employment
In-Work Support and Career Development for Supported Employment
Job Matching and Securing Supported Employment
Working with Job-Seekers to Identify and Plan for Supported Employment
What is the purpose of this qualification?
The primary purpose of this qualification is to support continued professional development for supported employment practitioners.
This qualification is for practitioners who work in a supported employment context, helping disabled and disadvantaged people into employment, and who wish to further develop their skills and have their achievements formally recognised through external accreditation. It is relevant for people currently working in roles such as job coaches, employer engagement or liaison officers, or supported internship advisers, and may also be appropriate for some individuals seeking to progress into such roles from related jobs in the sector.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This 27 credit qualification covers the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to support disabled and disadvantaged job-seekers into employment, along with an understanding of the underpinning values for the supported employment sector.
The learner will take the following mandatory units:
• The Core Values of Supported Employment
• Working with Job-Seekers to Identify and Plan for Supported Employment
• Engaging Job-seekers in Supported Employment
• Engaging Employers in Supported Employment
• In-Work Support and Career Development for Supported Employment
• Job-matching and Securing Supported Employment.
The content of these units is based on the National Occupational Standards for Supported Employment.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to perform your job role within the supported employment sector to a high standard.
Gateway Qualifications offers a number of smaller, related Awards for Supported Employment Practitioners. These Awards are suitable for learners wishing to develop in one area of their practice. The Level 3 Certificate for Supported Employment Practitioners is suitable for learners who wish to develop knowledge and skills across a wide range of different aspects of the job role, from identifying a suitable initial job to supporting career development-planning.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The qualification has been designed for people already working in the supported employment sector to enable them to develop further within their existing role, increase their competence and enable them to perform to a high standard across the full range of functions associated with their role.
What are the progression options?
The learner can progress to a level 3 or level 4 qualification in a related area such as advice and guidance, learning support or employment-related services.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners must be aged 19 or over to take this qualification. The learners do not need any specific prior qualifications or levels of attainment to enter for it. However the learner must have access to a relevant workplace in order to meet the assessment requirements for this qualification. It is highly likely, therefore, that the learner will be employed within the supported employment sector and that you will bring with you some relevant skills, knowledge and understanding.
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