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Government launches wage incentive scheme for young people with disabilities - Turn2us

Department for Work and Pensions website (link opens in a new window)Young disabled people are set to benefit from a new wage incentive launched on the 25 July by the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.

Employers can claim a payment of up to £2,275 – when they recruit a young disabled person through Work Choice, a specialist programme that gives severely disabled people tailored employment support.

The Government has also announced that young disabled jobseekers on work experience will be able to access extra support to help them into mainstream placements through Access to Work.

Access to Work provides more than £100m to help disabled people into mainstream work by providing specially adapted equipment, support workers and interpreters. Until now, the scheme has only been available to those in paid work, but from the autumn it will now be extended to those doing work experience placements as well.

This will mean more young disabled people can take full advantage of the 100,000 work experience places being offered by the Government each year to help them get the skills they need to find work.

Both initiatives sit alongside the £1 billion Youth Contract which aims to improve the employment prospects of this the UK's young jobseekers with support on offer to help nearly half a million young people find jobs or do training.

Source: Department for Work and Pensions press release (link opens in a new window)

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