The Transitional Employment (TE) Programme offers members an intermediate step between working in the clubhouse and doing unsupported paid work elsewhere.
The clubhouse obtains part-time, entry-level jobs - requiring no previous experience or skills. The employer trains a Placement Manager, usually a clubhouse staff worker, who then trains a member to take on the job for a limited period of three to nine months, after which another member takes over.
TE jobs are paid at or above the national minimum wage. Members receive ongoing support from the Placement Manager and the rest of the clubhouse, so they can gain experience in working in a real workplace, without the fear of failure.
If the placement does not work out, then nothing is lost - for the member it is a learning experience, part of the ongoing process of adjusting to what an employer will require of them - they will have further TE opportunities. For the employer, the clubhouse will provide another trained member to take over the job.
Transitional Employment is a good way for firms to put something back into the community, but it's also a good deal for the employer:
- TE workers are expected to do the job properly - there are no lowering of work standards and no special allowances expected
- TE workers often make committed, enthusiastic workers. For them, the job is an important opportunity, and they want to make the most of it
- The Placement Manager keeps in regular contact with the employer, and is on hand to iron out any problems that might arise
- The clubhouse guarantees that the job will be covered. If the TE worker is unable to attend, a trained back-up worker will take over. Failing this, the Placement Manager will do the job themselves
- Training costs are minimal. Once the Placement Manager has been trained, they will then undertake all further training of TE workers
- The employer is also spared costs such as sick leave, medical insurance and holiday pay
So, whether you're a potential employer or potential member, contact us to find out more.