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Following our work with colleagues at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities on the When I Grow Up Project, we are delighted to be working with Bristol City Council to deliver employment focused workshops to local schools across the city.
We are working with the schools to deliver a series of 10 workshops which are designed to supplement the existing employment-focused activity at school, while also promoting conversations with families and employers.
As part of this, a work profile is completed, using information gathered during the activities and conversations that took place over the course of the programme. This offers young people the chance to prepare and present their skills, qualities, preferences and support needs.
Enterprising People is a new programme designed to support more people with a learning disability explore self employment.
Working in partnership with our colleagues from Sixteen Co-operative Ltd, the programme offers workshops and seminars on self employment for people with a learning disability as well as those that support them.
As our research indicates that fewer than 1% of the new jobs reported by supported employment agencies are described as self employment, we are keen to understand how better to support people to explore this route to work.
Enterprising People aims link supported employment and community connecting to enterprise facilitation
The programme is funded by the South Gloucestershire Learning Disability Development Fund
Working Knowledge is a new programme we are running in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council. This is a programme to help people with learning disabilities think about what getting a job means and how it would change their life.
We run sessions which are tailored to individuals and can be delivered one-to-one or in groups. These sessions include building a CV and interview practice. They will then have the opportunity to work with a job coach to find employment.
The programme will also run training for social workers and care managers about the best way to support people with learning disabilities into work and Supported Employment. We will also publish easy read guidance online for individuals and their families about employment and the support available.