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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
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
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
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.
Department for Work and Pensions press release (link opens in a new
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