Running: September 2021 - September 2022
Partners: Sandfield Park School, 6% and Rising, Liverpool Hope University, Growth Platform
Over 1 in 5 people of working age living in the UK have a disability and / or learning difficulty. The employment gap for disabled people continues to stay at a staggering number with only 5.6% of people with learning difficulties in employment and just over 50% of people with a disability currently working.
This coupled with the growing concerns surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on young people. Prior to 2020 ONS identified that individuals under the age of 25 were four times more likely to be unemployed compared to the rest of the working age population. In addition to this, Fiscal studies have found that young people are also two and a half times as likely as other employees to work in sectors that have closed or dramatically changed due to social distancing rules and national lockdowns.
One key issue young people with a learning difficulty and or disability face when trying to access the world of work surrounds accessibility and inclusivity. They are met with barriers from the first steps into an organisation, the recruitment process.
Your typical recruitment process would consist of a written CV submission followed by a face to face interview however for many young people this is not possible to achieve. Although they may have all of the essential skills and expertise to flourish in the role advertised this initial barrier can deter them from applying, extenuating the gap in disability employment.
We wish to remedy this by firstly providing young people with the tools and expertise to create their very own accessible to send to potential employers. Additionally we will be working to educate organisations in accessible and inclusive recruitment practices through young people’s voices. We will achieve this by developing crucial toolkits to distribute across Merseyside based SEND schools and youth services alongside a comedic, light-hearted but informative recruitment video, to raise awareness and understanding surrounding the barriers young people face when joining the world of work.
We would like to express our deepest thanks to The Growth Platform, The Big Help Fund and LCVS for making this project possible
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