Optalis Supported Employment Service

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The Supported Employment Service provides a friendly and confidential employment support service for people covered under the disability provision of the Equality Act 2010 and people transitioning from education into employment.

We can help if you are looking for work but need extra support, if you are planning to return to work, require further training, or need support when meeting an employer.

The support we provide to our customers

Our individually-tailored support packages can include: 

  • Information,Advice and Guidance (IAG)
  • Support through transition
  • Individual Placement and Support (IPS)
  • 1:1 support
  • Supported work experience programme
  • Vocational Profiling
  • Travel Training - Ability training
  • Confidence building
  • Help through our weekly Job Club
  • Job searching
  • Interview skills and practice
  • Careers advice
  • CV advice
  • Specialist employment advice
  • Specialist job coaching support
  • Careers matching programmes
  • Education opportunities
  • Supported volunteering opportunities
  • Assertiveness programme
  • Continued support whilst employed
  • Supported Internships
  • Well Turned Out - develop skills for employment

See our easy read which explain how the Supported Employment Service can help.

The Supported Employment Service provides a friendly and confidential employment support service for people covered under the disability provision of the Equality Act 2010.

We can help if you are looking for work but need extra support, if you are planning to return to work, require further training, or need support when meeting an employer.

For more information on how to take part in our workshops, please contact us.

Ace@Optalis

Ace@Optalis is a groundbreaking supported employment course designed and delivered by Optalis to provide a smooth transition from college into employment for students who have been studying work-related courses at Reading College.

The course involved students attending Trinity Court at Optalis and participating in group training sessions, weekly 1-1 meetings with a job coach, goal setting, vocational profiling, managing stress, interview practice, travel training, work experience and paid work in partnership with local businesses and organisations.

View the Ace@optalis course journey.

Watch the ACE@Optalis video to hear from students who have attended the course

Support for Wokingham young people age 16 to 24 years who are not in Employment Education or Training

Supported Employment Service also provide support for Wokingham NEET ( Not in Employment Education or Training) for ages 16 - 24 years.

We provide support for NEET's in Wokingham and Berkshire wide.

To find out more information please contact us:

Tel: 0118 977 8600

Email: employmentservice@optalis.org

Contact information

Website
Optalis - Supported Employment Service
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Contact Name
Donna Morgans
Contact Position
Head of Supported Employment Services
Telephone
0118 977 8632 0118 977 8632
E-mail
employmentservice@optalis.org
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Location

Postcode
RG41
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When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

Monday to Thursday: 9am until 5pm

Fridays: 9am until 4.30pm

Session Information
One to one support
job clubs
information
advice and guidance (IAG)
Vocational Profiling
Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

Costs and Fee Information

Contact provider for costs
Help with funding is available
Funding Notes

For people not living in Wokingham you can access and fund via the following methods

  • Access to Work
  • Personal Budgets
  • Direct Payments
  • Self funding

 

How is the service funded
Local Authority

Facilities and Accessibility

Facilities
Wheelchair access
Toilets
Car Parking
Accessible toilet

Complaints Procedure

Complaints procedure notes

Complaints procedure available on request

Complaints link
Feedback and complaints

Accessing this service

Eligibility Criteria
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental health issues
  • Learning disabilities
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Sensory needs
  • Long-term health condition
  • Substance misuse
  • Carers

If you are covered under the disability Provision of the Equality Act 2010

If you are between the ages of 16 and 24 and a Wokingham resident you can access support by calling one of our Elevate Coaches on 0118 974 6900.

Booking and Registration Notes

Please contact us via phone, email or via our website so we can arrange an initial infomration/assessment appointment with you

Provision For

Supporting people with
Mental health conditions
Neurological conditions
Heart health
Sensory Impairment
Wheelchair Accessible
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Social Needs
Emotional Needs
Visual impairment
Behavioural
Cancer
Learning and Communication
Mobility problems
Physical impairment
Substance misuse
Other long term conditions
Hearing impairment

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance

Registered with Assured Care and Support - A joint Trading Standards and Adult Social Care scheme that vets and approves carers and providers of domestic help.

Accreditation
Assured Care and Support
Local Offer

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

Description

We have a specialist  Job coaching Transition Team who will support you when you are ready to leave school or college to find a job.

We provide Information Advice and Guidance

Contact Name
Donna Morgans or Josh Hancock
Contact Telephone
0118 977 8600
Contact Email
josh.hancock@optalis.org

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