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To support national consistency in the experience of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme, the national quality assurance panel (NQAP) has endorsed the examples of good practice in the delivery of the programme.

The endorsement relates specifically to the identified piece of practice. Evidence of impact and supporting documentation is provided in the application document. The currency of endorsement is two years from the endorsement date.

ASYE co-ordinators can draw on these examples when working to develop the different elements of their organisation’s programme to meet the national evaluation criteria (NEC/NEC+). The examples could be adopted in full or in part. Alternatively, they might prompt an organisation to think about how to develop what they’re already doing to improve the experience of NQSWs and their assessors.

We're not currently accepting any new endorsement applications whilst we review the process. If you've already submitted an application that has not yet been endorsed, we'll be in touch soon.

These examples have been developed by organisations who run an ASYE programme and not by Ƶ.



Celebrating NQSWS’ and their team’s success on completion of ASYE

Tameside Metropolitain Borough Council

Cohort size: 17

ASYE co-ordinator: laura.parker@tameside.gov.uk

Meets NEC: A3 and B9 

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On completion NQSW receives a personal framed certificate and congratulations card. Celebratory event held, highlighting achievements. The individual NQSW’s completion is acknowledged in the Chief Executive’s Brief and the ASC’s newsletter. The team’s support also formally acknowledged and recognised and cakes are purchased for the team. Also, learning resources are purchased for the team, sent with a letter thanking them for their support of the NQSW. Strengthens the team’s and the organisation’s investment in the programme.


NQSWs experience of undertaking a presentation and an example of a service user feedback template

Dorset Council

Cohort size: 6

ASYE co-ordinator: AdultsandHousingLandD@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Meets NEC: A2 (application 1) and B11/12 (application 2) 

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NQSW speaks with their Co-ordinator about their experience of undertaking a presentation.
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An example of a template for seeking feedback from people drawing on care and support and reflecting on the feedback.



Evaluation of specific training, monthly reflective practice meetings, EDI assessment


Cohort size: 342

ASYE co-ordinator: Nicola Whiteside cmswtp@gmail.com

Meets NEC: C3

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Regional approach, collaboration across the different areas, specific offer for ASYE co-ordinators to support them and approve practice. 
ASYE co-ordinator events across the teaching partnership organisations, share experiences, learning and training and thinking about how their programmes are working for their NQSWs, encourages consistency of experience for NQSWs. 



Changing the culture: normalising neurodiversity, enhancing NQSWs’ strengths and using an online platform for accessing portfolio documentation and resources

Derbyshire County Council

Cohort size: 100+

ASYE co-ordinator: Deb Solomon Deb.Solomon@derbyshire.gov.uk

Meets NEC: A4 and A6

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Inclusivity and tailoring ethos: all learners are individuals who have learning needs specific to them. Mandatory ASYE workshops designed to raise awareness of neurodiverse characteristics, NQSWS encouraged to consider how they learn and their learning styles; similarly, assessors. Wellbeing and area specific support sessions, one to one support to complete portfolios, opportunity to attend Schwartz sessions (some with focus on neurodiversity). EDI network groups, including neurodiversity. Practice development team available to attend supervision with a NQSW/assessor who is neurodivergent to offer guidance and facilitate discussion around learning/development. Support action plans to ensure the right support is accessed and provide structure to help NQSWs complete. Ongoing work: opportunities for NQSWs who are neurodivergent to lead EDI sessions on specific support needs; developing workshops for assessors/ managers to develop their understanding of neurodivergent characteristics and how to support.