Helping young adults with additional needs in to a job can be a challenge there are common problems that we all face when trying to make employment a realistic option. These are factors that should be considered in your quest for work
1 The Economy
It doesn’t ever seem long before we hear news of the economy, Britain having just exited a recession as now embarked on a decision to leave Europe, the value of sterling has at least temporally dropped, further instability is very possible. During tough times finding work becomes trickier still. The net result here is there are less jobs available and more applications per vacancy
2 An Employers Market
During hard times many people are willing to accept less, any job is better than no job as people do what they can to avoid redundancy. People are willing to do more and accept less pay. This can put downward pressure on entry level jobs as more applicants apply for these openings.
3 The individuals we support face additional barriers
Despite having the skills and qualities valued by employers they may experience a range of difficulties
- Low levels of Literacy or numeracy
- Physical, emotional or social learning disabilities
- May have limited vocational or work experience
- Possible other difficulties with Disclosure and Barring service or substance abuse.
These difficulties can be barrier to starting and being successful is the workplace we often spend 40 hours or more in the workplace, challenges are bound to come to the fore.
4 Sometimes the will to work and support to work are not in place.
People with learning difficulties can face an uphill challenge trying to gain and retain a job. Sometimes coming from backgrounds of unemployment through the generations. Life’s previous challenges may have been difficult. Equally its possible an individual has been over protected – they may have not have had enough challenge to grow and develop and appear apathetic.
5 The job market is changing.
The work we do is changing. From zero hours contracts affecting our terms and conditions of work the nature of available jobs changing as technology improves. Only this year I’ve worked with a young whose job has been replaced by an electronic system. As the job market transforms so must the skills that offered by job seekers.
6 The professional help and support available varies depending on your postcode.
Supported employment and charitable services are nothing short of amazing their passion and commitment area real force for good in our country. Services such as Remploy and Mencap having varying distribution from town to town and will often work with individuals who are currently seeking work with less options at school age.
The task of finding someone a job is a difficult one, unfortunately it is a reality that the resources available to organisations are often stretched. The training offered to employment development professionals is unstandardised. We all should have the chance to work take a look at some of the options here at discover-ability.com to improve your chances today.