Case Study: Reflections - A Supported Employment Perspective
As well as providing an income, jobs can improve our health and wellbeing by enabling us to play an active and valued role in society. The same applies for people with learning disabilities; who, with good support, prove hard-working and enthusiastic employees and bring new skills, talents and perspectives.
Bristol is a great place to live and work. However, like all cities, it has its challenges. 7.4% of 16-17 year olds are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and only 5.6% of people with learning disabilities have a paid job.
By working with employers and expanding the range and quality of support available, efforts are being made to improve employment opportunities and raise the aspirations of young people. This includes the development of a number of supported internship programmes across the city.
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