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Developing Skills to Support Employment: Facts, Findings and Challenges

17 May 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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Developing Skills to Support Employment: Facts, Findings and Challenges

by David Imber BA Cantab PVRA FIEP


Please register for Developing Skills to Support Employment: Facts, Findings and Challenges on May 30, 2017 11:00 AM BST at:

This Seminar looks at the employment goals of vocational rehabilitation and employment counselling from a labour market perspective, applying research and statistical evidence to help us understand how to help clients more effectively.

In the Seminar we will remind ourselves of some of important aspects of the labour market: how it works, the importance of chance and of social and personal status. We will summarise the evidence from our review of ‘what works’ on how disadvantaged people might be helped to compete for the available jobs. We will look at some common non-medical practices in rehabilitation, asking whether they are supported by the facts, and we will discuss the test results from our skill curriculum for employment (vocational) advisors, and think about challenges ahead.

Questions and discussion will be very welcome! Webinars are not the most fluid form of communication, but we hope you will feel able to ask questions in advance, or post questions and responses during the session. Our project publications will be available in PDF free to participants.

David Imber is a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals and a Professional Member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association. He has over 30 years experience leading employment programmes in the private, charitable and public sectors. His company, VRC, provides evidence-based quality audits and design of programmes, training and qualifications for Employment Advisers, and research and skill-development projects in the UK and EU. The publication, with David Booth, of ‘Employment Advice: What Works for Disadvantaged People’ was joint winner of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association’s 2015 award for Research and Education. VRC is leading the ‘STEP Project’ which researches and tests Employment Adviser training in Cyprus, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, and which will make its curriculum and handbook publicly available in 2017. The curriculum has been shown to enhance both skilled and novice Advisers’ confidence in supporting disadvantaged people.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



David Imber BA Cantab PVRA FIEP

+44 (0) 1392 881 525

+44 (0) 787 067 1047


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