Solihull handed funding to help people with learning disabilities and autism into work - The Solihull Observer

Solihull handed funding to help people with learning disabilities and autism into work

Solihull Editorial 19th Aug, 2022   0

JOBSEEKERS who have learning disabilities and autism will be offered a helping hand to find their perfect job.

The Local Supported Employment (LSE) initiative is giving Solihull Council £210,000 to help 60 people in the borough over the next three years.

This comes as part of a £7.6million Government initiative to help 2,000 adults with learning disabilities and autism in England and Wales move into work.

This follows the Government hitting its target to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027 five years early.

Those chosen to take part in the initiative will get support in the form of job coaches who can carry out vocation profiling, engage employers and provide in-work support to help develop more careers to help get into employment and maintain it.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Chloe Smith, said: “Disabled people deserve the same opportunities to start, stay and succeed in employment as everyone else.

“We know that those with autism and learning disabilities can face particular barriers to employment, which is why we’re spending £420,000 here in Sandwell and Solihull through the Local Supported Employment initiative.

“We hope to break down those barriers and use local networks to help more disabled people reach their full potential.”

The government made a public commitment to delivering LSE in the Adult Social Care Reform White Paper and the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper (England) to ensure that everyone should get the support they need whatever their disability or health condition.


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