Sixteen is a co-operative social enterprise set up in 2011 to bring evidence based supported employment services to people with a learning disability interested in finding paid employment.
Our aim is to create a sustainable financial model that delivers high quality job coaching and supports the majority of people into paid employment of over 16 hours.
The organisation employs a number of full time, part time, seconded and self employed job coaches led by practitioners with significant experience in the field.
Programmes are running in the Bristol and South Glos areas although Sixteen is looking to support Job Coaching in other areas.
Sixteen delivers services to a number of different organisations, local authorities and colleges as well as individuals. We also run some funded projects.
Many people fund employment support themselves or through a local authority personal budget. It is also possible to access our support through the WE Work for Everyone programme - which covers Bristol, BaNES, South Gloucester and North Somerset.
Individual and families paying for their own support generally only need to pay for vocational profiling and job search. Once someone has secured a job, Sixteen can often fund the in work support element.
We understand good practice job coaching and seek to use evidence based approaches to support people. Training is therefore a key part of the development of our job coaches.
All Job Coaches receive a comprehensive induction programme that includes
This is delivered through a blend of internal and external training provision including from our partners at the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE)
Ongoing training then responds to the specific needs of the coaches over time. We aim to train all other job coaches in TSI within their first two years of working.