The Lincolnshire charity which supports learning disabledpeople, the Linkage Community Trust, has found employment for over 30% of itsclients looking for work in the last year.
Linkage, which operates an Employment Services team to findpaid job opportunities, has successfully secured part-time paid work for itsservice users.
The figures come on the day that the Government publishedfigures for its Work Programme, which showed one in 28 people had been found ajob among the 18 companies contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions.This is well below the 5.5% target set by Ministers. In contrast, of the 73people supported by Linkage Employment Services, 35 are being helped in ongoingpaid work and 21 new jobs have been secured in the last year.
Linkage's Business Development Director Jane Howson says: "Allof our services are designed to maximise people's independence and part of thatprocess is to secure a paid job. We work closely with employers to find theright person and our figures show a very impressive success rate at a time whencompanies nationally seem to be struggling. This is despite the fact that wecurrently have to find the money to support this service ourselves."
Successes have come in a range of employment sectorsincluding catering, retail, grounds maintenance and hospitality. Linkage hopesto help even more learning disabled people achieve job opportunities as morepeople access personal budgets and make their own choices about who they wantto provide their care and support.
Further details of Linkage Employment Services can be foundat www.linkage.org.uk.