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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Young disabled people are set to benefit from a new  wage incentive which is being launched today by the Minister for Disabled  People, Maria Miller.

From today, employers can claim a payment of up to  £2,275 – when they recruit a young disabled person through Work Choice, a  specialist programme that gives severely disabled people tailored employment  support.

Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller said:

'Young disabled people tell me they want the same job  opportunities as everyone else and in every sector of the economy.  That is why we are encouraging employers to  give young disabled people a chance by offering this new wage incentive.

'This will not only help young disabled people gain  practical experience in the workplace, but also showcase their talents and give  them the edge in a tough jobs market.'

The Government has also announced that young disabled  jobseekers on work experience will be able to access extra support to help them  into mainstream placements through Access to Work.

Access to Work provides more than £100m to help  disabled people into mainstream work by providing specially adapted equipment,  support workers and interpreters.  Until  now, the scheme has only been available to those in paid work, but from the  autumn it will now be extended to those doing work experience placements as  well.

This will mean more young disabled people can take  full advantage of the 100,000 work experience places being offered by the  Government each year to help them get the skills they need to find work.

Both initiatives sit alongside the £1 billion Youth  Contract which is already improving the employment prospects of this country’s  young jobseekers with support on offer to help nearly half a million young  people find jobs or do training.