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Solihull MP launches drive to help disabled find work

A PROJECT which hopes to help hundreds of disabled people into work, has been officially launched by MP Lorely Burt.

A PROJECT which hopes to help hundreds of disabled people into work, has been officially launched by MP Lorely Burt.

Advance Employment, in Solihull town centre, will be offering support to vulnerable people across the West Midlands.

It’s estimated that case workers will help 600 people into employment within the next five-years.

Manager Sally Kingshott said: “We want to work with people, not just to get them into a dead-end job, but actually help them to start on a career.”

“I think it’s hard for everybody to find work at the moment, but we want to provide a service for those that it’s hardest to help.”

Staff are providing the service as part of the Government’s Work Choice programme - launched nationwide last month.

Contracts were awarded to several organisations, including Advance Employment - who are “flying the flag” for third sector organisations.

There were fears that the initiative might be scrapped, as the Government struggled to save money.

But after months of speculation, it was confirmed in the summer that the project would be rolled out as planned.

MP Lorely Burt said she was delighted that the scheme would run from Solihull.

“It will help a lot of people, who need a little bit of support, to come back into the work market,” she said.

“That’s very important not just for the local economy, but for these people’s own dignity and well-being.”

 

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