Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire jobs help for learning disabled

A Warwickshire service which helps people with learning disabilities into work has been awarded European funding to increase job opportunities.

Warwickshire Employment Support Team (WEST) is run by the county council to develop people's skills and confidence.

It aims to secure them paid employment and increase their independence.

It has been awarded £13,000 to expand the programme by training 100 local employers on the recruitment of people with learning difficulties.

The money has come from the European Social Fund.

WEST will be working with national experts from the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) to develop the programme of training.

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BASE represents hundreds of agencies involved in securing employment for people with disabilities.

Huw Davies, of the British Association of Supported Employment, said: "Supported employment is recognised as the most effective way of securing employment for people with disabilities and we look forward to working with the council and local business partners in this important and valuable project.

"We hope it will lead to significantly improved employment rates for severely disabled people in the county."

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, portfolio holder for adult, health and community services at the council, said: "People with learning disabilities tell us they want to have the same opportunities to get a job as anybody else and this funding is a tremendous boost.

"This is about more than just a job, it is about changing people's lives to increase their confidence, achieve greater personal and financial independence and make a positive contribution to society."

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