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Inclusion and Diversity

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a current focus of many businesses and a central concern of job seekers and employees everywhere. Whether it be related to gender, age, religion, race, sexual orientation or disability, the focus on diversity and inclusion or “D & I” as it is often referred to in larger companies, is a result of significant economic, demographic and legislative changes around the world. Demographic changes in both the workforce and the customer population, a global economy and international competition for market shares as well as increasing legislation aimed at ensuring safeguards against discrimination has moved workplace diversity to the top of the agenda for businesses in Canada and around the world.

Supported Employment Model

The supported employment model is an evidence-based approach to supporting people with disabilities in finding and keeping employment in the open labour market. The World Association for Supported Employment provides the following definition:“Supported employment can be characterized as paid work in integrated and inclusive work settingswith ongoing support for individuals with disabilities in the open labour market. Paid work for individuals means the same payment for the same work as for workers without disabilities.”In other words, supported employment is real work for real pay as part of the general workforce and alongside persons without disabilities in inclusive community settings. Employment is paid at industry standard wages associated with the position and with the same protections and benefits available to the general workforceThe supported employment model is based on the core assumption and belief that all people should have the opportunity to work in the community. Supported Employment is built around four foundational principles of integration and inclusion, paid employment, individualized services and ongoing support.

What we Do?

For the candidate or employee, the agency typically provides the following supports: an initial assessment or exploration of the candidate’s skills, strengths and needs, job finding or job development supports, job matching or assessment of ‘fit' for potential jobs, provision of on-the-job supports such as job coaching and finally ongoing support both on and off the job as needed For the hiring business, community-based employment agencies aim to serve and support you through recruitment, selection, on boarding, performance management and long-term retention. Agencies can provide you with supports such as disability awareness training or one-on-one consultation to review and adapt selection processes or implement on-the-job accommodations.