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Project information

Employment Service for young learning disabled

Leaving school can be traumatic for any young person- how much more so for a young learning disabled school leavers. Kisharons Employment Service is designed to develop the life skills and confidence of school children with learning difficulties in preparation for the world of work.

January 2011 - January 2016

Charity information: Kisharon

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  • Need


    There is a danger that people with learning disabilities become 'institutionalised' through their dependency on organisational support at each stage of their lives.

    The options available to people with learning disabilities as they get older can decrease dramatically, so that when a person with a learning disability leaves school there is virtually no options available.

    It requires a coherent programme prepare a learning disabled school leaver for the world of work.


    a) Engage young children with learning disabilities in the life of the community so that they feel confident in the wider world. This we will do through our community inclusion programme and participation in a wide range of social and sporting activities.
    b) Strong emphasis on vocational training in our school.
    c) Provision of work experience
    d) Post 16 employment service to place school leavers in paid work

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Development of a year round calendar of communal activities


    » Attendance at a minimum of ten communal events per year including sporting and inter school events with mainstream schools

    What success will look like

    Success will be...having all the children at the school participate in a calendar of communal activities

    Aim 2

    implementation of a strongly vocationally based curriculum


    » Run a cookery training kitchen, a computer suite, and wood turning and jewellery making classes

    What success will look like

    Success will be...adaptating and enhancing the school curriculum to include greater vocational content

    Aim 3

    Develop work experience for Kisharons School pupils


    » Kisharon currently runs a bike shop and print shop for learning disabled adults. We aim to offer school pupils work experience in these shops

    What success will look like

    Success will be...having all our upper school pupils participate in work experience in at least one of the range of sheltered employment opportunities

    Aim 4

    Set up a transitional employment programme for new school leavers


    » Kisharon currently runs an employment service for learning disabled adults aged 19 to 25 we will extend this to 16+ and channel school leavers into it

    What success will look like

    Success will be...extending our current adult employment service so that we can place 16+ learning disabled school leavers

  • Impact


    Our long term aim is reverse the near zero chances that young learning disabled school leavers have in finding paid employment by advertising successes and demonstrate to more employers the value of employing them.

    We will demonstrate success by receiving letters of commendation from satisfied employers and by gauging the rate of rise in employment among the young learning disabled school leavers.


    There is the risk that in pursuit of helping young learning disabled school leavers to become independent the support that they need is withdrawn too early and not gradually.

    We have strict processes and procedures for monitoring and assessing the progress of young people we place in employment informing how long and how much support is required


    Annual Report, Newsletter, Site visits, regular progress reports, website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £105,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Support Worker To accompany job placees when travelling to and from work
      £40,000 Job Coaches x 2 To supervise and support job placees
      £38,000 Employment service manager To manage the total programme
      £10,000 Schools Training and developme Preparing pupils
      £8,000 Expenses Telephone, Travel and Head office costs
  • Background


    This project will be run in North West London, covering Golders Green, Hendon, Finchley and others as well as North East London, covering Stamford Hill. In the long term we would wish to roll this programme out nationally.


    School Children of all ages from primary to secondary school age, and in the short term new school leavers. Local businesses will also benefit from receiving conscientious employees.
    We anticipate that in the long term this project may become a model of good practice and we believe we will be called upon to consult with a wide range of learning disabled charities seeking to emulate our employment service.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Kisharon has a strong track record over more than twenty years of providing sheltered employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities, and we were among the first organisations to provide this service. We have built up a pool of expertise and know how in employment initiatives for the learning disabled. We are ideally placed to develop the new model of employment where young people eventually and independently carry out their jobs without supervision or with minimum supervision.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Gabby Gass -Job Coach

    Gabby runs the community inclusion programme of kisharon in Hackney and has personally supervised many of the candidates we wish to place

    Schools Liaison And Trsining Manager- To Be Appointed

    To prepare children for the employment programme by helping to deliver the aims as expressed earlier in this application.

    Mr S Weltman -Emploment Service Manager

    To manage the overall running of the programme, its staff and the companies who take placees.

    Mr H Ashrey-Job Coach

    Mr Ashrey has been with Kisharon for more than 10 years in employment services. He has a strong skill set in mentoring and coaching young people