Training in Systematic Instruction

Training in Systematic Instruction

This highly acclaimed interactive course is suitable for Employment Consultants and further education staff supporting people with disabilities to successfully learn tasks in the workplace and beyond. It is delivered by Dr Mark Kilsby and Julie Allan and you'll find details of upcoming courses on their website at or email

Training in Systematic Instruction (TSI) is an approach, which aims to provide organisations with the skills and knowledge required to provide one-on-one support for people with disabilities who require assistance to learn the skills, associated with work and independent living.

The workshop draws upon the work of Dr Marc Gold and Dr Wolf Wolfensberger, two of the main pioneers of supported employment in the early 1980s. The approach has long been considered a 'core' requirement for job coaches practising in supported employment and is gaining recognition as a way of helping people to learn daily living skills.

This four-day course is often commissioned by provider agencies and is delivered to a group of 10-12 participants. We often have places available on courses so please contact us if you're looking to attend this training.

“Very knowledgeable presenters who created a lovely informal atmosphere”

“Mark and Jules make the course fun as well as informative – they really know their stuff!”

“Great teaching throughout and not preachy!”

“This is so relevant to my work in Supported Employment, very practical and well delivered”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course, it fits in so well with my new certificate in Supported Employment!”

Berkshire course participants

Main Content

• Background and values of TSI
• Essential preparation for training – how to identify, structure and present the work routines to be learned
• How to deliver training and support that empowers employees, overcomes learned helplessness and facilitates social integration
• Practical hands-on sessions working alongside people with learning disabilities
• Open Forums and discussions
• TSI meets the real world – taking the approach forward in the practical context


1. To provide an historical overview of human services in the UK
2. To define core components of the supported employment (SE) approach
3. To provide a broad framework for a critical appraisal of human services
4. To identify a common set of goals set against a culturally valued analogue
5. To define structured training as a means to deliver these goals
6. To define the current situation of SE in the UK
7. To define TSI and make the point that this course is aimed at those with the severest levels and types of disabilities, enabling generalisation of the approach to those with lesser support needs
8. To present a continuum of support running from one-to-one to natural supports

Learning Outcomes

1. Will be able to understand and describe the current level and type of service provision for people with a learning disability from a historical perspective
2. Will understand the basic values of the community integration and inclusion movements underpinned by Social Role Valorisation principles
3. Understand the potential role that supported employment can play in this progress
4. Able to understand their own service in relation to segregate/congregate service delivery models and understand the differences between the social and medical approach to disability and inclusion
5. Understand the importance of providing support that is based on individual needs and a ‘zero-reject’ philosophy

About the Course Presenters

Dr Mark Kilsby
I have been involved in the Research and Development of Supported Employment since 1990, working at the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, Cardiff University up to 2005. During this time I conducted research into supported employment, gaining my PhD in the area of ‘self-determination’ in Supported Employment in 2003. I have also contributed to the development of learning materials for educational and training courses within SE and helped establish 2 supported employment services in South Wales. Since leaving the University, I have been working alongside local authorities and organisations to help them to develop and plan their supported employment provision. This has included work in the area of school and college transition, training front line services and academic and practical research to forward the supported employment cause.

Julie Allan
Julie has been engaged as a leader and practitioner in the field of Supported Employment in Canada since1986. Since then she has established a national and international reputation as a practitioner and innovator in the field. She is a founding member of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment. In 1994 she developed and founded the Youth Supported Employment Project model in Alberta, Canada – a career development transition strategy for young people with Learning Disabilities, which she designed out of her knowledge, and passion for Supported Employment and Social Role Valorization. Julie has an established reputation as an advocate for the rights and full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of living and has worked closely with family based community organizations. She has been actively involved in values-based training for service organizations for nearly three decades.