Customised Employment Workshop Series

A discovery informed approach that creates sustainable outcomes for disabled people experiencing the most significant barriers to employment. A contemporary, evidence based approach to supported employment


Customised employment is designed for those with significant disabilities, and specifically targets adults who would benefit from additional customization of job responsibilities beyond those naturally occurring within the labour market. It is further distinguished by a well-defined discovery process in which the employment specialist and job seeker engage in a process of identifying the individual’s strengths, interests, and preferences.

The outcome of that process then drives the identification of employment opportunities where unique job descriptions are created that match both the employer’s and employee’s needs and interests. Wehman et al (2018).

These workshops are presented by Peter Smith and Peter Rhodes from the Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice, Melbourne. Both Peters are parents and have a long association with the development of evidence based customized employment practice in Australia and internationally.

Program Outline

  • Customised Employment:
    • Origins
    • Evolution
    • Evidence Base
    • Current Iterations and Applications
  • Discovery in Detail
  • Job Development in Customised Employment
  • Employer Engagement using Customised Employment
  • Families and Customised Employment
  • Using Customised Employment to Facilitate Support Planning and Resourcing.

 A unique opportunity for you to engage with contemporary evidence based practice informed by the original principles of supported employment.

Funding support from MSD is enabling us to offer these workshops at a subsidized rate of $175.00 per person. 

All workshops will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Workshops are limited to 30 participants so be in Quick!

Workshop Dates and Venues

Auckland:  March 18 Sudima Hotel Auckland Airport, 18 Airpark Drive

Wellington: March 20 Thorndon Hotel 24 Hawkestone Street

Christchurch: March 22 Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Ave 

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