Work ex­pe­ri­ence plan

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

THE COUN­CIL is to pro­mote a new scheme that aims to help peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to gain em­ploy­ment.

The ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices, Cllr Pauline Hel­liar-Sy­mons, said that the plan, called Work­ing­ham, was part of its spe­cial needs strat­egy.

Pi­lot schemes had seen Ad­ding­ton School help place pupils for work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments, such as the coun­cil’s cafe as well as other lo­cal em­ploy­ers.

She added that young­sters tak­ing part of­ten go on to find paid em­ploy­ment at a later stage.

Cllr Hel­liar Sy­mons said that the school wanted now wanted the coun­cil’s back­ing by pro­vid­ing a num­ber in­tern­ships such as in its parks depart­ment and leisure cen­tres.

Un­der the pro­pos­als, the pro­gramme would be co­or­di­nated by Ad­ding­ton School and there was a grant avail­able that would cover the set-up and first year’s costs. After that it was en­vis­aged that it would be­come self-fund­ing.

Cllr Hel­liar Sy­mons said that all Coun­cil de­part­ments, in­clud­ing Op­talis, would be in­volved in dis­cus­sions with the school over the pro­gramme.

The pro­posal was passed.

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