A NEW scheme to help people with learning difficulties get jobs is to be launched next week.
The official opening of the REAL Employment Agency will take place in Huddersfield on December 4.
REAL (Realistic Employment for Adults with Learning Disabilities) is managed by Kirklees Council Adult Services and works closely with local employers to help people with learning disabilities find jobs and receive free training at work.
A commemorative plaque will be unveiled by the Cabinet member for Adult Services, Clr Molly Walton.
The REAL Employment Agency, based in Market Street, will work with people who have a mild to moderate learning disability.
It will offer a wide range of support measures including job matching; help with CVs, application forms and interviews; advice on getting help from other organisations; health and safety training; one-to-one support in the workplace; relationship building; work routines; benefits advice; and work activities.
REAL will work closely with Job Centre Plus, Action for Employment, Remploy and Worklink to give people the support they need to gain and
maintain employment in the open jobs market.
Clr Walton said: “The opening of REAL demonstrates that we are very keen to help adults with learning disabilities into employment and training.
“Overcoming barriers is not always easy, but we work with people so they can fulfil their potential, gain more independence and build a better life for themselves.”