International Projects


The STEP Project

The first stage of the project has won the Vocational Rehabilitation Association 2015 Award for Education and Research. We are going onto use the evidence to develop a curriculum for training employment advisors based on ‘What Works’, using randomised controlled testing to evaluate its impact. The training can be applied in a wide range of legislative and service provision frameworks. It will provide career and employment guidance skills that focus on the ‘active skills’ that make a difference to clients. The project will not teach administrative or management skills, which are already well covered elsewhere.

We welcome enquiries of any kind about this work, and look forward to hearing from you.


An international team developing a UK / EU personnel certification for people acting as tutors and mentors to people with disabilities entering work. The resulting qualification accredits the learning and practitioners to 'ISO17024:2012 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons’.

Soft Skills for Work

Our work in the ‘Soft Skills’ project helped a 7-country EU-team develop a ‘toolkit’ for job seekers and their advisors to help them maximise their job-seeking skills. Some of our UK business partners made valuable input and joined us in international meetings in Rome and Budapest.

The Soft Skills Project was awarded ‘Star’ status by the regulating authorities in Cyprus.


VRC was a partner in the TRAVORS2 project which created and tested the curriculum now embodied in the European Disability Employment Practitioner Certificate, accredited in the UK by Pierson to level 4.

TRAVORS2 brought together evidence for effective skill development (subsequently also used in STEP, above) and developed a suite of training resources and accreditation in several countries. Tests in each partner country showed good results for developing advisor skills, and gave us the confidence to build a science-based curriculum with larger and more sophisticated series of trials in the STEP project.