Charity aims to link business to talent with learning disabilities

service launched today has called on more employers in West London to ‘give
people with learning disabilities the chance to work’.

there are an estimated 120,000 adults with a severe learning disability in
England, only 7,000 are in full-time employment, according to The Employment

initiative by the Yarrow charity aims to address this by matching up jobseekers
who have a learning disability with interested employers.

project will work with local businesses to identify suitable vacancies and
provide ongoing support to make sure the placements are successful.

support will include:

a full assessment to ensure candidates and employers are properly matched

pre-employment training for company staff and the potential recruits

in-work support

chief executive Tim Hughes, said it made good business sense to give people
with learning disabilities the chance to work.

shows there are advantages for both parties,” he said. “Businesses get staff
that they can rely on, they get access to an untapped labour pool and they can
demonstrate to their staff and customers that they do not discriminate.”

By Michael Millar

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