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New employment programme for disabled people

New employment programme for disabled people

As part of the Government’s commitment to helping disabled people, Work Choice, an employment programme for those with severe disabilities, has been launched. The programme is expected to support around 23,000 severely disabled people each year.

Work Choice will operate via 28 contracts with Prime Providers. The programme is available on a voluntary basis, and open to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria. It will sit alongside the new Work Programme which becomes available early next year. Work Choice, which has been developed in close consultation with disability groups and disabled people, will greatly improve the effectiveness of current programmes by tailoring support to the needs of each person to help them find employment and then progress and stay in work.

Providers will also have the flexibility to agree with the customer what kind of support they need. This can include help with CV writing and applying for jobs. It can also progress to supporting people as they get used to going to work and will offer coaching in specific tasks as well as working with employers and co-workers to teach them how to adapt tasks so that a disabled person can continue to be employed. 

November 2010

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