Fabian Demicoli

Direct assistance to employers when employing individuals with a registered disability


The Employment
and Training Corporation (ETC) has just launched a scheme that aims to directly
assist employers on new employment (or employment within the last 3 months) of
individuals registered as disabled persons.

The aim
of this project is to help persons with disabilities to be able to enter the
work force, by giving them the necessary training and support required. For
this project, four types of services are offered:

 

1. Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

The
Learning Support Assistant will assist the registered disabled person (RDP)
during the training assigned for the client to attend. This service is for
training courses during the duration of this project.

 

2. Occupational Therapist, Occupational Psychologist or Clinical
Psychologist

This
service is offered for the assessment of the participants' eligibility for the
Job Coaching and Personal Assistance Programme. If the client is eligible, the
personalisation of the Job Coaching programme and Personal Assistance programme
according to the previous feedback received.

 

3. Job Coaching

This
service is offered when the client is placed on a scheme (such as the Bridging
the Gap) or starts working. The Job Coach will support the disabled person in
work related needs on the place of work. The Job Coach Service provided to the
RDP is given on the advice and guidance of the OP and/or CP following the
individual assessment. The OP and /or COP will provide the ETC with feedback on
the particular case and whether the necessary Job Coaching service is required
and to what extent.

 

4. Personal Assistance Service Allowance

The
Personal assistance service refers to the assignment of an employee by the
employer to support the disabled person in work related needs on the place of
work. The personal assistance to the RDP given on the advice and guidance of
the OP and/or CP following the individual assessment. The OP and/or CP will
provide the ETC with feedback on the particular case and whether the necessary
personal assistance is required.

 

An
allowance will be given to time lost by the employee whom is to stand in as a
Personal Assistant to the Disabled person.

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