On Wednesday 31st January representatives from Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Moving Up employability project attended London’s GuildHall to discuss ChangeLondon, an innovative new project to offer bursaries to Small to Medium Enterprises taking on young disabled apprentices.
Evidence shows that young disabled people find it easier to approach larger and public sector organisations for work experience and employment because of they are perceived to have more accessible premises, larger HR departments and a greater likelihood they will already employ disabled people.
The City Bridge Trust, which funds Moving Up, aims to combat these issues through its bursary project, which will fund wages of up to £4000 for companies with fewer than 250 staff to take on a disabled apprentice. Through employing a disabled person, the companies will also be entitled to the Government’s Access to Work programme, and may receive funding to make lasting changes to their premises to make them more accessible.
Muscular Dystrophy UK is one of a consortium of charities taking part in this project and will work alongside businesses to recruit disabled apprentices, as well as offering advice and support in recruitment processes and office adaptations.
Isabel Baylis, Employability Officer for Muscular Dystrophy UK said:
It’s great to see such an innovative way of tackling one of the major barriers for young disabled people looking for work. I’m looking forward to being able to broaden the range of companies that Moving Up works with and to providing even more paid, structured internships to young disabled people”
If you’d like to find out more about the scheme, either as an employer or a young disabled person, please get in touch with Isabel Baylis on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020780365454.