Recognising that just 6% of young people with learning disabilities are in employment, Liverpool City Council has offered placements in a children’s centre, a respite centre and in its short-breaks team as part of its Supported Internships programme.
The aim of the scheme is to help the three young people chosen to transition from education to the world of work, so they can live more independently and do not become socially isolated.
This is part of a wider scheme which has seen 12 companies offering a total of 36 placements for young people this year.
All the pupils are supported by a work coach who helps them get used to the routine expected when in employment, instructing and supporting them to build skills in the workplace to complete work tasks to a high level.
Councillor Barbara Murray, Cabinet member for education, said: “This scheme is about working closely with young people, schools and employers to provide tailor-made support into the world of work and give them the opportunity to compete for jobs and fulfil their potential.”
As one of the largest employers in the city, she emphasised the importance of the city council leading by example.
Councillor Murray also highlighted the previous success of the scheme with six of the nine interns from the inaugural intake last year having now secured paid employment.
The council is looking to involve more businesses so that more opportunities will be available for young people. The eventual aim is for every young person with disabilities to be given the chance to get paid employment if that is their wish.
Last reviewed 4 December 2018