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DMFER - Disability Management for Employment Retention

Employment retention refers to an employer's practice of retaining, rather than dismissing, employees with new or increasing levels of disability. Whilst this practice is already backed by legislation in the UK and SE and further supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), there is the need for policy development in the remaining partner countries. The project's ultimate goal is to create good practice in employment retention as a step towards generalising this practice and, as such, standards and training materials for the vocational rehabilitation of staff, personnel and advisers will be developed and expect to become a factor in influencing policy development in this area. The primary product will be a training package on employment retention, with modules covering topics such as case management, assessment, support in employment (including job coaching), working with employers, influencing policy and meeting special needs in the workplace. Following an initial mapping exercise relating to current needs and provision, training materials will be designed, in partnership with disability employment networks, trade unions and accreditation authorities and further piloted and evaluated across all partner countries. A set of related standards will be created by the project to prepare for potential accreditation. Products will be made available in all partner languages (ES, SV, EN & PL) in a range of formats. Project results will be publicised via partner websites, a project newsletter and through the gradual build-up of a mailing list to whom all interim and final documents will be distributed. The project will culminate in a European conference on Employment Retention where commercialisation of the developed training pack is also likely to be announced.
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