The Aura Project uses a Supported Employment model which helps people with special needs to be included in the ordinary labour market.
The model of Supported Employment, as means of integrating people with disabilities into the labour market, started its development in the 1980s in the United States. The methodological labour inclusion model enables people with significant physical, mental or sensory limitations to access real paid jobs by providing them with systematic support techniques and strategies, based on their individual needs.
According to David Mank, it can be characterised as paid work in community-based settings with individualised and on-going support that assures success in the long term, and that gives real opportunities to interact with people without disability.
The four key elements of Supported Employment are:
- Integrated work in real workplaces in conditions as similar as possible to those of a non-disabled co-worker and performing comparable tasks.
- On-the-job training, that means, first finding the right position for the individual and then providing them with the necessary training to take up the work on-site.
- Paid work from the start, as for the rest of the workers.
- Ongoing support for the person throughout their working life so that they can keep their job and maintain the required level of performance. Support varies over time depending on the individual’s requirements.