A lack of facilities, flexibility and understanding from employers provides a barrier to disabled young people say learner representatives from Rathbone Training across the UK.
Young people from 18 Rathbone Training centres across the UK have given their input to the charity’s response to a Government Green Paper on work, health and disability policy.
The long-awaited Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper is centred on the question “what will it take to transform the employment prospects of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions?”
Two of the key points raised by our learners are:
• Learners felt that young people with a disability or health condition experience a wide range of barriers when trying to get a job including a lack of facilities, flexibility and understanding from employers.
• Employers could reap the benefits of a more diverse workforce by working alongside Rathbone Training and Intraining to make the necessary adjustments to recruitment processes and in work support such as staff training and providing a work buddy/mentor.
Rathbone Training’s Informal Education team is now working on an action plan with its learners and employer partners to address the points raised by the learner forum representatives and we will keep you informed with all further developments through the website and our social media channels.