European quality standards for the profession Job Coach for persons with disabilities

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Abstract

„Job Coach“ or its equivalent in the respective national languages (eg. „Trener Pracy“ in
Polish) hasn’t got the status of a established profession (defined a.o. by specific knowledge,
common education, shared theoretical framework, professional history, organization and
ethics, technical autonomy, specific instruments). That is also true for specific subgroups of
„Job Coaches“, e.g. those for young persons, the elderly or persons with disabilities.
Whereas we found out a more or less common understanding of the scope of a JC in general –
a minimal consensus could be stated as „personal on-site assistance in occupation, other than
therapeutic, technical, educational, for persons with specific needs“ –details will be stated
later in this document- the practical reality differs widely. With regard to the ESCO system, a
JC could be conceived as new occupation in the 2423 group.
In some state-financed programmes, (widely differing even on a national level) standards as
to formal education and professional experience of a JC are required; however, in most
countries a „self-defined“ access to a function of a JC can also be found. Even within one
country, public authorities use different understandings and definitions of a JC.
So, there have been attempts to self-organize JC professional standards by (voluntary)
professional organisations such as „Beroepsvereniging“ in the Netherlands.
As stated above, the central element in all countries might be defined as „personal on-site
assistance in occupation, other than therapeutic, technical, educational, for persons with
specific needs“.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Commission
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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