Making Transitions Work

The Making Transitions Work project will engage with employers to instil confidence and proactiveness when it comes to recruiting disabled young people.

We will provide guidance, support and education on how to recruit disabled young people and how to retain them in their positions and we will dispel the myths and uncertainties around this.

The research commissioned by the Transitions workstream was to ascertain whether employers were confident in offering work experience opportunities to disabled young people, if their efforts were proactive and if not, why? It additionally sought to understand what would support these employers in hiring disabled young people and identify those who are already willing to support disabled young people into the workplace from school, college or community learning.

The project will be delivered by ENABLE Scotland and the Moving On employment service in Dundee and the Shetland Islands.

They will collaborate with employers to develop, deliver and evaluate a Supported Work Placement programme for young disabled people to enhance the standard and quantity of work experience placements on offer to young disabled people, ultimately improving the likelihood of paid employment. Both ENABLE Scotland and Moving On have an established reputation for supporting employers and successfully enabling young people to move from education to paid work.

The project started in March 2021 and will design and deliver training sessions, guidance and materials for employers and will engage and inspire young disabled people by introducing them to the world of work, whilst still in education. The organisations will partner with Developing Young Workforce leads in local authority to ensure the maximum impact for employers and young people.

The project will work with 10 Employers and 100 of their employees through to March 2022.

Project Outcomes

Develop partnerships with key agencies including Developing Young Workforce co-ordinators, Local Employability Partnerships, Education, Supported Employment providers and local employer networks
Design and delivery of unique employer programme to enhance their engagement with young disabled people and create work experience opportunities.
Track and monitor individuals on placement, capturing best practice.
Carry out employer consultation to report on challenges, success and how services can be sustained.

More details on the employers we are working with and the staff delivering the project will be added here soon.