A Skills Training Partnership is a unique project designed to assist employers in developing training programs that prepare qualified job seekers with disabilities for employment, allowing persons with disabilities to become fully trained for real opportunities in the workforce. It is an opportunity for employers to gain expert assistance in recruiting, hiring, and training skilled employees with disabilities, while addressing barriers to employment.
STP® is a Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) trademarked employment model. Recognized by the government of Canada as an ‘effective practices’ employment approach, STP® was successfully implemented across Canada from 1995 through 2001. The CCRW managed STP® projects that integrated over 400 persons with disabilities into the Canadian workforce, with a success rate of 83% employment retention.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada continues to support programs and services that promote the equitable employment of persons with disabilities. In 2001, however, there was a change in how training opportunities were funded. As a result, the STP® model was discontinued in its structure and format.
In 2009, the CCRW received funding from the Government of Canada’s Office for Disability Issues (ODI) Social Development Partnership Program – Disability Component to redevelop the STP® resource through a project initiative known as Building Employment Partnerships. The work completed to refresh the STP® resource would not have been possible without this grant.
The online STP® model provides the successful ‘effective practices’ approach but has been streamlined and retooled through research and collaboration. This online STP® model reflects current labour trends and lessons learned from previous STP® projects.
Every STP® project is a unique reflection of the synergy that results from strengthened community partnerships. A successful STP® project can address barriers to employment by working directly with community members to proactively answer questions and provide concrete solutions that support the employment of persons with disabilities. Successful STP® projects are a means to integrate the skills, talents, and resources of job seekers with disabilities into the Canadian workforce.
Building Employment Partnerships (BEP) was a collaborative initiative designed to revise the STP® model and promote accessibility to equitable employment for persons with disabilities as a fundamental principle for achieving equality. Funded by the Government of Canada’s Office for Disability Issues (ODI) Social Development Partnership Program – Disability Component, BEP was a national project that employed a three-phase approach, bringing together key stakeholders to consult and collaborate on the development of the STP® model and promote equitable employment.
Direct consultation with job seekers with disabilities was an essential element of the development and redesign of the STP® model. The BEP project conducted focus group sessions with job seekers with disabilities regarding ‘rights and responsibilities’ in securing employment. Their input is reflected in this STP® model, which includes current information on rights and responsibilities for both employers and persons with disabilities.
BEP conducted conference calls and face-to-face meetings with employers and disability employment agencies to discuss their experiences and suggestions to support the equitable employment of persons with disabilities. Employers and disability employment agencies were asked focused questions about specific elements of the STP® model.
Eleven dedicated disability employment agencies participated in the project as a working group known as the Disability Employment Agency Stakeholder Group (DEASG). On an ongoing basis the DEASG provided input regarding the vision of the STP® model. The DEASG provided direct consultation on the STP® model presented in this manual.
Over twenty-five employers of various sizes and industries were consulted as to their concerns, issues and suggestions regarding the employment of persons with disabilities. Employers were asked targeted questions about specific elements of the STP® model such as the “agree to hire” clause as well as concerns around funding and developing partnerships with disability employment agencies. Employers provided feedback about resources they would like to find on the website to support the implementation of an STP® project in their business.
The STP® approach is based upon partnership. Partnerships with employers enable the managing disability employment agency to design an STP® project that is reflective of employer needs, addresses human resources staffing concerns, and as a result, answers questions and concerns about disability.
The CCRW wishes to thank all those who contributed to the revision of the STP® model.
Disability Employment Agency Stakeholder Group
- The National Network for Mental Health
- Epilepsy Toronto
- Neil Squire Society
- CCRW – Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program
- CCRW – Workplace Essential Skills Partnership
- CCRW – Director Eastern Region
- People Worx
- B.E.S.T. Bathurst Employment Services and Training Group
- Team Work Cooperative
- WorkBridge Association
Employer Advisory Group
- The Home Depot: New Brunswick
- McDonald’s Canada, Bennett Restaurants Ltd.: Newfoundland
- TD Canada Trust: Atlantic Region
- TD Canada Trust: Eastern Region
- TD Canada Trust: Pacific Region
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