Charities Launch Jobs Project For Young Disabled People
21 January 2014
Six Scottish charities have launched a project which aims to get
more young disabled people into jobs.
The Open Doors Scotland project plans to help 350 disabled
people aged 16-24 find and sustain employment.
It was launched by Enable Scotland, The Lennox Partnership,
RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Capability Scotland and Scottish
Association for Mental Health.
The project is being funded by Skills Development Scotland
through its Employment Recruitment Incentive (ERI).
ERI already supports young carers, care leavers and
Payments of up to £1,500 will be made available to employers who
recruit a young person with a disability for a minimum of 15 hours
or more per week.
Open Doors Scotland will provide support for both employers and
Support will include advising employers on specific health and
safety issues in the workplace and giving guidance on modifications
to organisational policy or practice.
Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said: "The
Scottish Government is committed to breaking down barriers that
prevent young people with disabilities or learning difficulties
securing job opportunities.
"Seeing Open Doors Scotland up and running is great progress and
marks the beginning of an exciting new phase in helping more young
people with additional support needs into the workplace."
Source: BBC News