A project designed to help people with learning disabilities in the West of England to gain job opportunities has received £4.4m funding.
The WE Work for Everyone project aims to improve employment outcomes for people with learning disabilities across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The £4.4m WE Work for Everyone programme is anticipated to run over three-and-a-half years. Bristol City Council is leading the collaborative bid, on behalf of the four West of England councils, for £2.2m from the European Social Fund, together with the £1.3m from WECA and other secured match funding from local authority and further education sources of £927,000.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “It is a key priority of ours to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to pursue their ambition and achieve their full potential.
“We fully support the aims of the WE Work for Everyone initiative and are proud to lead this bid. If successful, this new project will be key to making sure young people with disabilities can access the education and employment path to help them flourish.”
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles said: “WE Work for Everyone is a great initiative offering dedicated and intensive support – with a direct connection between education and employers – which many people with a learning disability may need to help them work towards, find and retain paid employment.”