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Jobs' Success Rate Out-Performs Key Government Programme

By Linkage  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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The Lincolnshire charity which supports learning disabled

people, the Linkage Community Trust, has found employment for over 30% of its

clients looking for work in the last year.

Linkage, which operates an Employment Services team to find

paid job opportunities, has successfully secured part-time paid work for its

service users. 

The figures come on the day that the Government published

figures for its Work Programme, which showed one in 28 people had been found a

job 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 73

people supported by Linkage Employment Services, 35 are being helped in ongoing

paid work and 21 new jobs have been secured in the last year.

Linkage's Business Development Director Jane Howson says: "All

of our services are designed to maximise people's independence and part of that

process is to secure a paid job. We work closely with employers to find the

right person and our figures show a very impressive success rate at a time when

companies nationally seem to be struggling. This is despite the fact that we

currently have to find the money to support this service ourselves."

Successes have come in a range of employment sectors

including catering, retail, grounds maintenance and hospitality. Linkage hopes

to help even more learning disabled people achieve job opportunities as more

people access personal budgets and make their own choices about who they want

to provide their care and support.

Further details of Linkage Employment Services can be found

at www.linkage.org.uk.

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