A group of six Scottish charities have launched a project aiming to get more young disabled people into jobs.
The Open Doors Scotland project is hoping to help 350 disabled 16-24 year olds find and sustain employment. It has been launched by Enable Scotland, The Lennox Partnership, RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Capability Scotland and Scottish Association for Mental Health, reports the BBC.
The project is being funded by Skills Development Scotland via its Employment Recruitment Incentive which already supports young carers, care leavers and ex-offenders.
If an employer recruits a young person with a disability for a minimum of fifteen hours a week or more, payments of up to £1,500 will be made available for them.
Open Doors Scotland plans to provide support for both the employers and young people. This support will include advice for employers on specific health and safety issues within the workplace and give guidance on modifications to organisation policy or practise.
Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said: “The Scottish government is committed to breaking down barriers that prevent young people with disabilities or learning difficulties securing job opportunities. Seeing Open Doors Scotland up and running is great progress and marks the beginning of an exciting new phase in helping more young people with additional support needs into the workplace.”
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