Nearly 50 SEND adults in Salford have found paid work thanks to a new scheme being rolled out across the city.

A total of 48 adults with learning disabilities or autism have found work through the Supported Employment Service, with a further 14 receiving support and skill-based training from those involved.

Local Disability Confident Employer businesses, such as Jigsaw Facilities have got involved in the project since its launch in March.

The firm’s general manager, Lilly Crawley, explained: “Employing people with a disability, particularly autism, isn’t just a tick box operation for us; it’s a passion as many of the management team including myself have close relatives with autism and understand the pressures they can face within the working world.”

“Companies who employ people with autism can only benefit from doing so, with each individual adding their own personality and talents into your business.

“If you are having doubts I would advise any employer to do their research as there are many misconceptions around people with autism. Being able to offer paid employment to people with learning disabilities and autism is a wonderful experience and is something every company should consider doing.”

The Supported Employment Service is commissioned by Salford City Council and provided by the Growth Company, and provides tailored one-to-one support.

Councillor Bill Hinds, lead member for Skills and Work, Business and Workforce, Salford City Council said: “As well as supporting participants to find work, the service is here to provide practical help and advice to employers too.

“There is lots of free training and support on offer to help employers become more disability confident, such as disability in the workplace awareness training, support to develop flexible recruitment approaches, and advice to ensure any reasonable adjustments are in place when employing people with disabilities, including those with a learning disability or autism.”

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