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TRAINING AND JOBS BOOST FOR DISABLED PEOPLE IN LIVERPOOL

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Disabled people in Liverpool are to be offered a new chance to get into - or stay in - work with the launch of a ne...
Disabled people in Liverpool are to be offered a new chance to get into - or stay in - work with the launch of a new scheme set up by Liverpool City Council and specialist company Breakthrough UK.

In the coming weeks it will see 56 local disabled people taken on. Ten will be trained in management and other skills including team building and finance, and could eventually run the joint city council and Breakthrough project.

The other 46 - including people who use council day services - will be given support and advice over the next year to get into work. This could include CV preparation and interview skills, and eventual support in work.

The scheme will also work with 20 employers, to improve their recruitment and retention practices.

Assistant executive director responsible for adult services, Veronica Jackson, said: 'It's vital that disabled people have the same opportunities to get into - and stay in - work as everyone else in Liverpool, so that they can live life as independently as possible. This means helping people get the skills they need, and also making sure employers have the support they need.'

Breakthrough chief executive Lorraine Gradwell said: 'Breakthrough is different because we 'practise what we preach'. This means that we know how best to support disabled people into work, because we employ disabled people ourselves - and we're good at what we do!.'

Liverpool City Council has set up an employment task group and dedicated employment team to ensure training and support for disabled people is at the top of the agenda.

Breakthrough UK researches, develops and provides training, employment and business opportunities to disabled people. The majority of people managing the company are disabled, and its belief is that it is not the disabled person who is the 'problem', but the barriers which keep them out of work, such as inaccessible schooling and training, low expectations and lack of access to transport. It works towards enabling disabled people to be as independent as possible, and to dispel the image of disabled people as needing to be 'cared for'.

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