April 2016

Project leads the way in increasing the employment aspirations for young people with disabilities. Three important resources have been launched this week that aim to help authorities, education providers and career advisers provide a more inclusive approach to employment for young adults following evidence that school leavers with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are finding it difficult to achieve their work ambitions.

Action on Hearing Loss is calling for better access to specialist support in the workplace and to help people find and keep a job. Their report, Hearing Matters says that people with hearing loss are less likely to be employed (65% are in employment) when compared with people with no long-term health issue or disability (79%).

DWP has published statistics on the uptake of Access to Work up to 31 December 2015. 32,150 individuals were helped by Access to Work between 1st April 2015 and 31st December 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/access-to-work-statistics-on-r...

Hereward College is working with national communications company, Airwave, to deliver supported internships to its learners. From September 2016, four young people from the college will take part in the 12 month study programme at Airwave’s Rugby offices in the areas of IT, customer service and security.

The college already has established supported internship programmes running with National Grid and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) and has recently been awarded the Fair Train Gold Standard Award for work experience.

Ex-Service personnel with a serious mental health condition are nearly three times more likely to find and stay in work if they are supported through Individual Placement and Support (IPS), according to this new report.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Muscular Sclerosis is inviting submissions for a review into the employment support needs of people with multiple sclerosis. The review is seeking to understand the barriers to employment faced by people living with MS, and the employment-related support provided to them currently. It is also looking at what support people with MS need to retain and sustain employment. The review is focusing particularly on where improvement is needed and what interventions could be made.