European Union of Supported Employment


Portugal, host country of the 12th European Conference on Supported Employment to be held in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on May 27th - 29th 2015

The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) and the Portuguese Association on Supported Employment (APEA) organize the 12th European Conference on Supported Employment, an event to be held in Portugal next year, 2015, on May 27 th, 28th and 29th at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The main theme of this European Conference will be: "Improving Diversity through Supported Employment."

The organization expects participants from over 35 countries and, as in previous EUSE Conferences (Rotterdam, Dublin, Oslo, Barcelona, Rome, Copenhagen, Prague, among other European cities), there will be presented research results and the best employability practices, entrepreneurship and local development. It will also figure as an opportunity for the various national associations in Europe to share expertise and jointly reflect on the strategic perspectives of this methodology evolution, innovation and its impact on communities.

We will also count, for the first time, with the participation of the newly established Brazilian Association of Supported Employment to which APEA has always expressed full support.

APEA - Portuguese Association on Supported Employment is a non-prof it association, founded in March, 2004. Since its creation has participated and coordinated national and international projects in the framework of the methodology and practice of Supported Employment. It is both a founding member of the Portuguese Network for Corporate Social Responsibility – RSOPT.

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Next Step is a Leonardo da Vinci Partnership Programme funded by the European Commission which commenced in October 2013 to explore and assess inclusive approaches for improving the employability of persons with disabilities or other challenges that makes it difficult for them to obtain and retain employment in the open labour market.

The main focus of the partnership was to explore best practice conditions and inclusive approaches under the supported employment paradigm, which is strongly related to on-the-job-training and follow-up supports as opposed to sheltered employment and pre-vocational training. European research and evaluations have demonstrated that supported employment strong potential and should be further developed and disseminated through all European countries.

A essential key factor in a further development of supported employment based inclusive approaches is adequate and updated training of VET training providers as well as development of methodologies for on the job support and collaboration with employers. In this context, the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) has developed quality standards and good practice models for SE. However, these standards and models have been implemented to varying degrees in various European countries.

At the same time, there are many examples of good practice and models to learn from. Over the life time of the Next Step project, the partners identified, analyze and exchange experiences about contemporary “state-of-the-art” models in supported employment and related place-then-train approaches. Each partner documented and present one or two examples of good models or best practices in supported employment in their own member states.

Next Step Partners

  • Work Research Institute, Oslo, Norway (Coordinator)
  • European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE)/Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment, Belfast, UK
  • Universidad de Salamanca. Instituto Universitario de Integración en la Comunidad, Salamanca, Spain
  • University of Lapland, Finland
  • Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
  • Optima arbeidslivsmestring Grete Wangen, Oslo, Norway
  • Salva Vita Foundation, Budapest, Hungary
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warszaw, Poland
  • KARE – Promoting Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Newbridge, Ireland
  • Misa AB, Solna, Sweden
  • Kiipula Foundation / Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Turenki, Finland

Project period

2013 -2015.

Further Information

Project information and the final report can be access here –

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This press release reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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 SEEDS Project


The 1st World Conference on Supported Employment will take place from the 14th to 16th June 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is co-hosted by EUSE (European Union of Supported Employment)  and  EASPD (European Association of Service providers to person with disabilities) and organised by NIUSE – the Northern Ireland Union on Supported Employment.

The conference is organised in partnership with the World Association of Supported Employment, Canadian Association for Supported Employment, Disability Employment Australia and Association of People Supported Employment First (APSE). 

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More information, website and call for papers to follow in the coming weeks.

SEEDS Project

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Supported Employment – Entrepreneurship and Disability (SEEDS) Project is a European partnership of five organisations - Fundacion Emplea (Spain) Lead Partner, European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE), Associacao Portuguesa de Emprego Apoiado (Portugal), Univerzitetni Rehabilitacijski Institut Republike Slovenija - Soca (Slovenia) and SUEM.BE (Belgium). SEEDS is co-funded by Eramus+ Programme of the European Union.

SEEDS project aims to transfer the model of Supported Employment to assist people with disabilities or people from disadvantaged situations to explore entrepreneurship and self-employment. The rationale of the project is that the model of Supported Employment is well established and successful in assisting people with disabilities and people from other disadvantaged situation to access and stay in employment. Due to the economic downturn people with disabilities and from disadvantaged situation have to explore other opportunities to create employment – self-employment. The lack of understanding about supporting potential entrepreneurs is a reality across Europe. The SEEDS project will address this gap through the training for professionals in adapting current practice and create consistency of approach in Self Employment Support.

The objectives of the project are to-

  • Understand the difference in the knowledge, experience, capacities and skills in relation to supporting people seeking self-employment.
  • Upskill and building capacity of professionals who provide support services to entrepreneurs with disabilities.
  • Develop a common framework, allowing better exchange among professionals.
  • Increase the number and quality of support services provided to potential entrepreneurs with disabilities throughout Europe.

This will be achieved by:-

  • Producing current situation in relation to self-employment across partners.
  • Adaptation of the Supported Employment methodology to support entrepreneurship.
  • Design of a professional profile of the Supported Self-Employment Advisor.
  • Design a European Course for Supported SelfEmployment Advisors.
  • Test the training courses on 40 professionals across Europe.
  • A final European Seminar to disseminate results.

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Co-funded by Eramus+ Programme of the European Union

Agreement Number – 2015-1-ES01-KA202-015690