Our aim was to establish a project legacy in which attitudes and policies on supported employment for people with a learning disability and/or autism would be positively influenced by the good practice demonstrated by the project. Our vision from the beginning of this project was to see a world in which people with learning disability and/or autism are able to experience improved well-being outcomes through increased independence, financial status, social capital, and fulfilment gained from meaningful paid work opportunities. Our vision of a more inclusive world is now a reality.
Check out this article which highlights key statistics and data from the previous project: Article – Breaking down barriers
The Engage to Change project worked across Wales to support young people aged 16-25 who have a learning difficulty, learning disability and/or autism to achieve their full potential.
Using a person-centred approach, Engage to Change worked closely with young people, their parents/carers and employers to:
- overcome barriers to employment
- develop transferable skills
- offer unpaid work experience
- provide paid supported employment
- find volunteering opportunities
- offer access to supported internships.
What we achieved
- Pre-employment support for participants
- Accredited training for employees and employers
- Supported work experience placements
- Supported internships
- We supported participants to find paid work
- We helped with 1:1 in-work training and support