Authors: Christine Randall & Nicholas Buys
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Innovations, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This work-in-progress paper presents the barriers faced by job seekers who experience schizophrenia and the limitations of current job placement methods in improving employment opportunities for this job-seeking group. The issue is looked at from a HRM perspective and an entrepreneurial job development strategy is presented as a potential method of improving employment opportunities for job seekers who experience schizophrenia. In order to examine job development, placement and maintenance issues for a job seeker and an employer, a case study method is proposed. The paper suggests a process to analyse the employer’s business to determine hiring needs and describes the job development process. Findings from this study may inform local employment agencies on how they can improve employment outcomes for job seekers who experience schizophrenia, as well as form the basis of further research with the potential to improve employment opportunities for several vocationally disadvantaged groups.