Work experience plan
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.