Ivy'v Story What care and support is available for those with deletion 22q11 syndrome?


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Are you looking for your next step in Education or work opportunities?

national Skills AcadenyThis is the time of year when lots of young people are looking at career options, visiting college open days and thinking about the opportunities available post 16 years.

News from the National Skills Academy website, highlights support in the following areas;

* Did you know employers are entitled to additional
funding when supporting younger apprentices and
disadvantaged people:

* 100% of training costs will be paid by government
for employers with fewer than 50 employees who
take on apprentices aged 16 to 18 years old. This
will also apply to smaller employers who take on
19- to 24-year-olds who were in care or 19- to 24-
year-olds with an Education and Health Care Plan.

* 1,000 each from government to employers and
training providers who take on 16- to 18-year-
olds and 19- to 24-year-olds who were in care or
who have an Education and Health Care Plan.

Talk to your local careers advisor to find out more about opportunities which may help you find your next step into employment. You should be able to access advice through your school or local college.

Finding the best course for you or finding employment is difficult for any young person. Our research and feedback from our members tells us gaining qualifications and finding employment is a particularly difficult area for young people with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome.

Although there are changes planned for Apprenticeship legislation the gift of the apprenticeship is made by employers, so there is still a lot of work to do to persuade employers to offer opportunities in apprenticeships to young people with disabilities and help them gain work ready qualifications. Access into work is an important area for our young people and a subject you may like to highlight to your MP.

Do keep us posted on any responses you receive. We will be talking about this subject at the 22q11 Syndrome APPG meetings.