Creating employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities
Posted: 2nd February 2017

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has received a grant of £39,372 to fund the World of Work project. The project, based at Little Heath School in Redbridge, aims to improve employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities.

Currently fewer than 7% of people with learning difficulties are in paid employment, yet 65% report that they want to work. The project aims to challenge this by improving opportunities for people with learning disabilities to find employment after leaving school.

The project will provide interview coaching and assistance with preparing CVs and will work with local businesses to improve access to work experience and part-time employment whilst young people are still at school. The grant will also provide a toolkit for employers, showing them the business benefits of employing people with learning disabilities.

 Christine Burke from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities said:

‘This generous grant from the Freemasons will enable us to connect employers to Little Heath School. We know that employment is possible when partnerships are forged with schools and local employers are offered insight into the skills and talents of young people with learning disabilities.’

 Ken Montgomery of Essex Freemason said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to help this excellent project at Little Heath School.  Getting these children into paid employment will transform their lives. We hope that local employers will see the benefits of hiring people with learning disabilities.”

Through the World of Work project, it is hoped that many more young people with learning difficulties will gain the tools they need to access the same opportunities and independence as their peers.

About the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is the directorate of the Mental Health Foundation, dedicated to helping people with learning disabilities live their lives to the full.