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
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