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Raising Participation Age – Vulnerable Young People. Young People with Learning Disabilities and/or Difficulties Prepared by: Mark Lunn, Business Development Director – Government Services Jennifer Harvey, Programme Manager, London – Government Services

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Raising participation age vulnerable young people

Raising Participation Age – Vulnerable Young People

Young People with Learning Disabilities and/or Difficulties

Prepared by: Mark Lunn, Business Development Director – Government Services

Jennifer Harvey, Programme Manager, London – Government Services

Prepared for: London Councils’ Local Authority Workshop, at The Work Foundation

Date: Monday 29 April 2013


Overview of session
Overview of Session

  • Welcome, Introductions and Expectations

  • Why is work and employment important to raising the participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • London Programme – GLA/ESF 2011/13 Youth Programme

  • Programmes from around the country

  • Open Forum

  • Next Steps


Welcome introductions and expectations
Welcome, Introductions and Expectations

  • Mark Lunn, Business Development Director, Remploy

  • Jennifer Harvey, Programme Manager, Remploy

    • Name

    • Job Role or area of work

    • Local Authority or Agency

    • Tell us one think you are looking forward to achieving this week

    • Name one thing you’ll like to get out of this session


Raising participation age vulnerable young people
Why is work and employment important to raising the participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Young people with a learning disabilities leaving education face very limited options ~ less than 1/20 leave school and enter paid employment.

  • Evidence and expert opinion demonstrates that people with learning disabilities learn best in the workplace using a place, train & sustain model.

  • Supported Internships are increasingly being

    recognised as best practice by Government.

  • Colleges are under growing pressure to

    deliver employment outcomes

  • LA challenged with ever-decreasing budgets

  • Changing funding environment


Myths and facts
Myths and Facts participation age of young people with disabilities?

Can only work 2 hours

  • Employment rates for disabled people are well below those for

    non-disabled people

    • Overall employment rate is 71%

    • Employment rate of people with a disability is 48%

    • Employment rate of people with LDD* is 6.4%

  • When asked, 65% of people with LDD want to work

Can’t work

Can only do entry level jobs!

Will make a lot of mistakes

Will make a lot of mistakes


Policy context
Policy Context participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • SEN and Disability Green Paper 2011

  • Children and Families Bill 2013

  • Valuing People Now

  • Personalisation Agenda

  • Sayce Review – Specialist Disability

    Employment Support

  • Getting a Life programme

  • On-going Welfare Reforms


Our mission
Our Mission participation age of young people with disabilities?

Remploy is the UK’s leading provider of employment services for disabled people

Our mission is to achieve equality in employment for disabled people. By changing attitudes towards disability in the workplace, we facilitate work and career opportunities which enable disabled people to raise their potential and participate fully in society.


London programmes gla offer
London Programmes – GLA Offer participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Greater London Authority/ESF funded Youth Programme 2011-13

  • Three themes:

    • Engagement for Young people Excluded from School

    • Resettlement of Young Offenders Leaving Custody

    • Young People with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LDD)

  • Three contract areas:

    • Central and South (LDD1)

      • Pathways to a Positive Future

      • Remploy Limited

    • North and East (LDD2)

      • Worksmart

      • Leonard Cheshire Disability

    • West and South West (LDD3)

      • Pathways to a Positive Future

      • Remploy Limited


Pathways to a positive future ldd1 3
Pathways to a Positive Future (LDD1 & 3) participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Unique programme offering real employment opportunities

  • Based on existing good practice

  • A strong proposition for employers through well supported “extended working interviews” (internships) with employers expected to commit to real jobs at the end of them

  • Young people personalised support to enable them to succeed in their chosen career or education

  • Low caseloads, high quality personalised support to young person and employer

  • Each Local Authority has access to approximately 20 places

  • Client Group: Young people 16-25 years, with a LDD*

  • Target: 70% of young people to sustain employment for 52 weeks

    * With evidence of a SEN


Contact details
Contact Details participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Pathways to a Positive Future (Remploy)

    West and South West (LDD1)

    Central and South (LDD3)

    • Telephone: 0300 456 8307

    • Email: pathways@remploy.co.uk

    • Website: www.remploy.co.uk/pathways

    • Operations Mgr Max.curto@remploy.co.uk

  • Worksmart (Leonard Cheshire Disability)

    North and East (LDD2)

    • Telephone 0207 112 1489 (option 1)

    • Email worksmart@lcdisability.org

    • Website www.lcdisability.org/worksmart

    • Project Manager robert.maisey@lcdisability.org


Other programmes steps into work
Other Programmes – Steps into Work participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Steps into Work is a ‘place, train and sustain’ supported internship model developed by Remploy from our experience of delivering Project Search.

  • Piloted for the last 3 years in partnership with Transport for London and Barnet College in London.

  • Funded by a mixture of education and ALS monies accessed by partner college.

  • 9 month programme, student’s day is split between working with a college tutor to achieve formal qualification and job placements supported by a Remploy Job Coach.  

  • Over the 3 years we have enrolled 31 young people, 29 have graduated with 50% of the programme graduates moving into paid employment.


Other programmes sen school employability pilot
Other Programmes – SEN School Employability Pilot participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Pilot to support 600 SEN students aged 14 - 19 and parents through collaboration between Remploy, Manchester and Leicester City Councils, Leicestershire County Council and 14 Schools.

  • Delivery of employability support, careers advice, supported work tasters and placements and progression support. Support for parents.

  • 75% of approx 200 ‘leavers’ progress to Further Education, Apprenticeships or employment and supported in sustaining.

  • £1,357,201 grant funding from DfE, 01/04/2013 – 31/03/2015.

    Cambridgeshire County Council ‘Raising the Participation Age’ programme: 40 students from 2 SEN Schools running until March 2014.


Open forum
Open Forum participation age of young people with disabilities?


Some other products and services
Some other Products and Services participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Supported Employment

    • A specialist service to support individuals with learning disabilities to move into, or stay in work, including vocational profiling, job finding and training

  • Additional Learning Support

    • A targeted employment support service for people with learning disabilities, including help with achieving their Individual Learner Recprd objectives

  • iRemploy

    • A bespoke online employability service for disabled people; helping to develop soft and vocational skills, while expending social and personal skills in an independent learning environment

  • Ability Profiler

    • An online profiling tool which maps an individual’s strengths, support and development needs, including the impact of disabilities and/or health conditions, to create a development plan to aid moving into employment

      www.remploy.co.uk


Contact details1
Contact Details participation age of young people with disabilities?

  • Mark Lunn, Business Development Director

    • Tel: 07775 025805

    • Email: mark.lunn@remploy.co.uk

  • Jennifer Harvey, Programme Manager

    • Tel: 07917 554710

    • Email: jennifer.harvey@remploy.co.uk

      Do get in touch – we’d be delighted to discuss how we can help you support your young people with LDD.