What is SkillSET?
The project aims to have a lasting impact on the lives of 4,580 people with disabilities and/or health conditions. This will be achieved through specialised pre-employment training, academies, job matching, on-the-job mentoring, and the creation of sustainable employment opportunities for individuals who are disengaged from traditional learning or job-seeking approaches. SkillSET adopts a person-centered approach that accommodates varying abilities, career interests, previous experience, and individual concerns.
The project follows a Supported Employment model, which includes the stages of referral, engagement and assessment, programme delivery, and progression and follow-up support. Referrals will be made through extensive and well-established networks, including Jobs & Benefits Agencies, Health & Social Care Trusts, schools, and colleges.
Engagement and assessment will involve assessing the suitability of the programme for each participant and creating an Individualised Action Plan that considers their unique journey to employment, taking into account their needs, aspirations, choices, and barriers.
Employer engagement is crucial to the success of the project. SkillSET aims to build on existing employer networks, establish employer-led academies in various sectors, address skill shortages, and provide disability awareness training to workplace.
The project will be delivered by a partnership of seven specialist disability organisations, each with expertise in different areas. These organisations include Action Mental Health (AMH), AdaptNI, Cedar Foundation, Royal Mencap Society, NOW Group, Orchardville, and RNIB. The front-line team consists of employment and training staff who have the necessary skills and experience to meet the individual support needs of participants.
The project targets addressing persistent inequalities in employment for people with disabilities, reducing economic inactivity rates, minimising skills shortages, and improving labour mobility in Northern Ireland. The project will have positive impacts on participants, their families, local communities, Health & Social Care Trusts, the government, and employers.
By assisting individuals in obtaining training and employment, SkillSET can alleviate financial burdens, reduce reliance on social services, and contribute to social growth and inclusion.
Find out more about what each of our partner’s offers within SkillSET.
Action Mental Health (AMH) actively promotes the mental health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland. Action Mental Health grew from humble beginnings in Downpatrick in 1963 when it was known as the Industrial Therapy Organisation. Back then it was tucked away out of sight, in tune with the stigmas of the day. Today however, AMH has emerged as the standard bearer within Northern Ireland’s Third Sector – helping to smash the stigma of mental illness for all sections of the community.
To find the right organistion for you. Use our Referral Guide here
Activities will be dependent on which organisation suits your requirements. An Individualized Action Plan is created, taking into account your unique journey to employment.
You can find out more information about that here
These FAQs cover key aspects of the SkillSET project and should help provide more information to those interested in or affected by the initiative