We have established that Tory efforts to get people with disabilities into work are not good – faced with the possibility of having to spend on adaptations for a disabled person or simply taking on an able-bodied worker, employers take the able-bodied every time.
This Welsh project incentivises employers to take on people with learning disabilities and autism – admittedly for short-term placements lasting only up to a year – and then invites them to provide feedback on their experience.
That information will inform future employment policies formulated by a Labour-run Welsh Government.
Of course, Conservatives will have their own ideas.
All we have to do is look across the border to realise what a disaster those have been.
A £10m project to help young people with learning disabilities and autism into employment launches on Thursday.
The five-year Engage to Change project will work with 800 employers in Wales to help 1,000 people develop their employment skills.
They will be offered paid work placements lasting between six months and a year.
Cardiff University researchers will analyse the details to influence future policies based on the findings.
On Tuesday, the National Autistic Society Cymru said service provision for people with autism in Wales – including those helping them into work – was “patchy”.But the Welsh government said it had “a clear commitment to supporting people with autistic spectrum disorder”.
The lottery grant for this project, obtained by the Welsh government for Learning Disability Wales, comes from money which had been dormant in bank and building society accounts across the UK for 15 years or more.
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