Employment support services to people with sensory loss extended to West Wales & the Valleys (WWV).
ELITE has collaborated with three other leading disability employment providers and have successfully secured funding from the European Social Fund to extend employment support services to people with sensory loss across West Wales & the Valleys (WWV). JobSense WWV will help people, aged over 25, with a sensory loss, to secure volunteering and/or employment.
As 1 in 5 adults in the UK are deaf or have hearing loss, and experience difficulty accessing employment, and only 27% of blind and partially sighted people are in employment, the JobSense project will provide much needed support to enable those with sensory loss to access employment and volunteering opportunities.
The JobSense project uses specialist employment advisers and aims to support 232 people experiencing sensory loss, who are currently economically inactive or long term unemployed. The vocational support aims to provide a range of person-centred activities, including:
- Completing work experience, or volunteering opportunities
- Gaining a qualification or work relevant certificate
- Providing the skills to engage in job search upon leaving
- Entering employment upon leaving
JobSense staff will work with employers to ensure that participants receive support during recruitment, so that the needs of people with sensory loss entering their organisations, is managed in an accessible and sustainable way. By doing this, they will break down barriers people with a sensory loss can face at work.
This project will be delivered across West Wales & the Valleys, in partnership with
Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething MS, said:
ELITE CEO Andrea Wayman stated;
When designing the new logo, it was important to keep accessibility at the forefront of the design, so feedback was sought from a number of people with sensory loss. Following the feedback, a logo with a single deep blue colour, with text remaining clear and bold was agreed. There are also several different single colour, high contrast versions – this includes white, black and yellow.