August 2013 – New Programme Announced for Young Disabled People
Young people who are disabled will be given help to find sustainable paid employment through a new Supported Internship programme and a new Traineeship programme, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced.
The Department for Education funded Supported Internships will offer specialised employment-focused study programmes for young people aged 16 to 24 with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.
Offered through further education colleges, they will help trainees learn from expert career coaches while doing real jobs for a minimum of 6 months.
Employers will also receive support from the coaches, increasing their confidence of working with disabled young people and helping them to understand the business case for employing a diverse workforce.
The new mainstream Traineeships programme will give 16 to 24 year olds the workplace experience and job skills that employers require and will be open to disabled young people with less complex needs. The Traineeships programme will available from August 2013.
Speaking at the UK’s first National Disability Employment Conference Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
Supported Internships have been trialled over the last year in 15 further education colleges for 16 to 25 year olds with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.