A brief history of SUSE
The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) is a membership organisation representing organisations and practitioners who deliver supported employment across Scotland.
Supported employment is an internationally recognised model for enabling disabled and vulnerable people to gain and retain work, focussing on person-centred planning and sustained in-work support.
SUSE was established in 1995 and seeks to promote supported employment through working with policy makers, support members to develop and deliver high quality support and share innovative practice across our membership and beyond.
We have been influential in establishing and promoting the practice of supported employment in Scotland, culminating in the Scottish Government publication of "A Working Life for All Disabled People: The Supported Employment Framework for Scotland" in 2010.
Latterly, SUSE was influential in ensuring Scotland’s new powers around employability included the provision of high quality supported employment as part of Fair Start Scotland, which will launch nationally in April 2018.
A new challenge for SUSE
We are entering an exciting new phase of development for SUSE and the Board have recently appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to ensure that high quality supported employment continues to be delivered and offered to those in Scotland who would benefit from it.
We are close to launching a new strategy which will see us re-establish our brand and membership offer and develop a centre for excellence offering support, training and opportunities for sharing to practitioners and member organisations.
As a result, we are now seeking new Board Members who share our passion for equality and diversity in the workplace and will uphold our commitment to best practice and partnership.
The SUSE board has a number of vacancies we are looking to fill with people whom have skills related to our strategic objectives as well as those whom may be involved in the delivery of supported employment.
We are particularly keen to encourage interest from people with skill and expertise around:
- Accounting and financial management
- Legal practice
- Management and development of accredited training
- Individual Placement and Support
- Digital technology
- HR and/or employment law
- Lived experience as a beneficiary of supported employment
As well as supported employment practitioners from Scotland’s north east, south west and the Highlands & Islands.
Board member responsibilities include attendance at 6 scheduled meetings per year, our AGM and annual conference, financial and fiduciary governance of a Scottish charity and providing challenge and support in order that the CEO can deliver SUSE’s strategy successfully.
Please note - A person will not be eligible for election or appointment to the Board if he/she is disqualified from being a charity trustee under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.
Please prepare a current CV along with a (maximum) one page letter, detailing the skills you could offer SUSE as well as what you are hoping to gain from being involved as a Trustee.
Please submit your application to: Michelle Ramsay – email@example.com Please write SUSE BOARD APPLICATION in the subject line.
We will consider all applications carefully as a Board and be in contact with all candidates to discuss their application further.
Should you have any specific questions or like to discuss further, please feel free to contact us and ask.
Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.