Great to see the About Me Passport launched. Professor Kirby was a part of the group developing this and now available to download for jobseekers with learning difficulties, disabilities or other barriers to provide information on their best methods of having good conversations and guidance.
Download it, print it out, complete it and then starting using it! About me Passport
See our latest Research bulletin highlighting the data findings using Profiler and discussing the approach taken and lessons to be learned.
See research bulletin
The latest research bulletin from Do-IT Solutions shows the interaction between mental health, learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and job outcomes. See attached bulletin for more detail. With 54% of people reporting mental health challenges in a Work Programme cohort, there is a need for advisors to be able to ask appropriate questions and have sufficient training to see how this may impact on confidence and competence in gaining employment. We found that 13% of the sample also reported having learning difficulties such as Dyslexia. The challenge in reality is not everyone has one condition and the patterns of overlap were variable so some people had anxiety, depression and dyslexia for example.
First impressions count! In 2500 Work Choice candidates, those reporting they were not interested in their appearance at all or very little influenced their job outcomes.By explaining this finding to candidates and supporting them in their preparation for interviews this can make a difference to their job outcomes.
In recent research undertaken by Do-IT Profiler examining data from Work Programme more than 2500 participants, we have shown that those who ask for help if they are unemployed are 10X more likely to gain employment than those who don’t ask at all. This may be related to a number of factors such as self -confidence; confidence in those you are asking; recognition of the skills gap you have that needs support. Further exploration will allow us to understand these variables in more detail. Help seeking behaviour influencing job outcomes
This bulletin will demonstrate the relationship between interview skills confidence and job outcomes. Please see the link to the bulletin: http://doitprofiler.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Data-influencing-outcomes.pdf.
The attached bulletin will describe how variations in home support can impact on work outcomes. Using DO-IT Profiler analytical tools the relationship between home challenges and work outcomes has been correlated to see how this impacts. Go to research bulletin:http://doitprofiler.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Home-help-.pdf
Professor Kirby, chair of Movement Matters UK hosts the DCD UK consensus meeting at University of South Wales on January 26th, 2017.
Professor Kirby delivered a workshop with colleague Derek Grove, from North East Autism Society and Kathy Melling from BASE. This session described first the basics about vocational profiling which Kathy Melling explained clearly and the different stages in this process.
Professor Kirby then went on to describe the key benefits of Do-IT Profiler and how it can help to deliver person-centred and accessible solutions and be used in vocational profiling with supported employment providers. She described how it can provide the means of consistency of delivery and the ability to gain an understanding of both the intrinsic and extrinsic factors and deliver self-managed resources. Derek then describe how he has used the system with individuals with Autism. He told the audience how using the tools has allowed a more in-depth conversation and enabled the people to have more targeted training and support to be ready for employment.
There was positive interest also shown from colleges, specialist providers as well as local councils. They asked how the tools can be used in different settings and examples were given. One group asked could the system be used by those with PMLD and the response was it can capture information from the team around the person as well as recording responses from the person to aid goal setting, monitoring and distance travelled.
In the morning we also heard from Hugh Pullinger and Ed Hawker from DWP about the new Work and Health programme. Both talks discussed the need for personalised approaches to target support and the use of data for service planning. Do-IT Profiler captures information in the context of the person and delivers personalised resources. Someone in the audience remarked on the flexible way the modules can be used and how this can be further contextualised by area and specific service provider.
Professor Amanda Kirby attended Pitch at the Palace on November 2nd, 2016 in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Andrew, representing the company as one of the finalist organisations. Congratulations goes to Drenched-well-deserved winners.