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Valuing Employment Now. Thursday 10 th September 2009. Real jobs for people with learning disabilities. Anne Williams National Director for Learning Disabilities Department of Health. Valuing Employment Now - The big messages.

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Valuing Employment Now

Thursday 10th September 2009

Real jobs for people with learning disabilities

Anne Williams

National Director for Learning Disabilities

Department of Health


Valuing Employment Now -The big messages

  • People with learning disabilities have missed out on the progress that has been made for other disabled people

  • People should assume from a young age that they will get a job one day. Work shouldn’t be optional

  • ‘Work’ means real, paid jobs that meet genuine employer need, or self employment, and full time if possible


Valuing Employment Now -The big messages

  • People with profound and complex disabilities should not be excluded from work

  • We need to use existing money differently

  • We need to raise expectations and create culture change

  • We need strong leadership to carry this work forward


Valuing Employment Now -The Goal

  • We want to increase radically the number of people with moderate and severe learning disabilities in employment by 2025

  • As many people as possible should be working 16 hours a week

  • We want to ‘close the gap’

  • This means 45,000 more people in work in England by 2025


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

  • Changing attitudes

  • Promote the fact that people can work and have a right to work

  • Parental awareness campaign

  • Workforce training

  • Demonstration sites

  • Promoting best practice

  • Public sector to employ people with learning disabilities


Valuing Employment Now-What needs to happen?

Joint working for individual employment paths

  • Strong partnership working

  • Services and support brought together around the individual

  • Funding supports used creatively

  • Transition plans promote employment

  • Local Authorities ensure that college courses lead to job outcomes

  • Local Authorities commission supported employment


Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

Work preparation at school and college

  • Work experience at school to be strongly promoted

  • OFSTED review to consider changes to the curriculum and assessment process

  • Internships to provide entry to Apprenticeships

  • Job coaches to be funded under the Foundation Learning Tier


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Personal budgets and social care

  • DH to issue guidance to social care services on person centred planning for employment

  • Support broker sites will demonstrate how personal budgets can be used for work

  • Day centre resources can be released to pay for supported employment


Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

More high quality job coaching

  • Quality standards for job coaching to be published 2009

  • Strategy to grow the workforce of job coaches in 2010

  • Access to Work will support work trials

  • DWP’s new disability employment programme to deliver for people with learning disabilities


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Clearing up confusion about benefits

  • Accessible benefits communication campaign

  • Jobcentre Plus advisers to promote in-work incentives

  • Continual review of barriers to work in the benefits system


Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

Promoting self employment

  • Lessons from the East Midlands Development Agency to be shared through the Regional Development Agencies

  • Valuing People regional leads to promote self-employment advice and training


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Promoting the business case

  • DWP to offer 400 employment opportunites

  • DH, Cabinet Office and DCSF to recruit people

  • Guidance for government departments on how to target people with learning disabilities

  • All public bodies to become exemplar employers


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Transport to get to work

  • Travel training to be accredited through the FLT

  • Best practice in travel training to be published

  • National Forum to be consulted on Department for Transport policies

  • Partnership Boards to review support available locally


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Where people live

  • Residential care charges to be reviewed

  • Public consultation on housing benefit reforms July 2009

  • Strategies to reduce use of residential care to consider employment implications


Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

Including everyone

  • Demonstration site at Kent University for people with complex needs

  • Screening tool for offenders with learning disabilities

  • Involvement of NAGLDE


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

People and families leading the way

  • Partners in Policy Making

  • Family Led Jobs

  • Supporting carers back to work

  • National Delivery Team posts for a carer and self advocate


Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Better information and checking progress

  • Targets and milestones to be set in 2010

  • Research on ‘enablers’ such as work experience at school

  • LDPBs and Regional Boards to set targets in 2010


Valuing Employment Now – The delivery plan

  • Cross – government National delivery team based in Office of National Director in DH

  • LDPBs will oversee and monitor local delivery

  • Deputy Regional Directors and Valuing People programme leads will develop regional targets and make sure there is capacity to implement Valuing Employment Now


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