Centre of Excellence Pilot Project
Currently in Scotland, 81% of the general population are in paid employment. This is a stark contrast to disability employment rates where 45% of the general disability community have paid jobs, 33% of people registered blind have paid jobs, 32% of people on the autism spectrum have paid jobs, 42% of people with hearing loss have paid jobs and 4% of people with learning disabilities have paid jobs.
The Underrepresented Groups workstream hopes to address these gaps by building the capacity of employers to recruit and retain people who traditionally have been denied the opportunity to work.
Our research revealed that key areas of need include disability awareness training, accessible information and communication tools and techniques. The Underrepresented Groups workstream will take forward the issues raised in the initial research and advise Apt on future practice, whilst also providing manageable services and products that can be marketing commercially through our Centre of Excellence (link)
A range of training courses will be delivered co-productively to both employers and providers on a number of topics including learning disability awareness, autism awareness, hearing loss awareness and sight loss awareness.