Jersey

'Harder' for Jersey people with disabilities to find jobs

Employers in Jersey are afraid to give people with a disability a job, according to a local charity.

About 300 people with long-term health conditions or disabilities are registered with the Jersey Employment Trust.

It said about one in six of them would find work each year, but it was increasingly difficult.

The trust wanted more local employers to offer training and work experience, even if they could not offer jobs.

The trust said employers were afraid of the unknown, whether it was in training needs or the costs involved.

Natasha Le Breton, who has epilepsy and diabetes, has found a job after two years of trying.

She said despite being passionate about working she felt employers did not want to give her a job because of her condition.

She said: "Every time I've tried to apply for jobs there's always something come up, like the age gaps... it feels like it was because I was epileptic.

"I love working and I've been working since I was 14-years-old, I've done lots of work experience and I just love being out there."

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