Many young people with learning difficulties, disabilities and autism are not given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

There are a number of barriers that they often face including:

  • A lack of understanding as to what people with a learning disability can do with the right support
  • A lack of good quality support to get and maintain employment
  • Attitudes of employers

Over three years, this project, funded by the PL Trust, will support young people in Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Fife. It will equip them with the skills and work experience needed to smooth the transition from compulsory education to further education, training and employment.

Every year, each project will welcome two cohorts of young people for half the school year (17 weeks) to participate in two contact session per week. Through a series of engaging activities, each group will set up their own “co-operative” taking action to tackle any problems they collectively identify in their local community.

Through this activity, all those involved will gain confidence and skills to take into their working life, whilst also boosting their local community and working with other businesses in the area.

This project is built on the success of our young co-operatives work, which you can read more about below

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