Young people with learning
disabilities helped in to work
YOUNG people with learning disabilities
are being supported into work through a new scheme launched by Liverpool City
Council. Just 6% of young people with learning disabilities in the City are in
employment, and the aim of the scheme is to help them transition from education
in to the world of work, so they can live more independently and don't become
The Council has teamed up with the Marriott Hotel, Hilton Hotel and grounds
maintenance partner Glendale Liverpool to offer Supported Internship placements.
They last an academic year with the pupils working for a different department in
the organisation each term.
Pupils from Sandfield Park School, Bank View High School and Myerscough College
are working 4 days a week and spending the other day in lessons to build
All the pupils are supported by a work coach who helps them get used to the
routine expected when in employment, instructing and supporting pupils to build
skills in the work place to complete work tasks to a high level.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for Schools, Councillor Nick Small, said:-
"Far too few young people with special needs achieve their potential because
they are not given the opportunity to work. This scheme is about working
closely with young people and employers to support them into the world of work
and give them the opportunity to compete for jobs. Everyone can make a
contribution to society if they are given the chance and we need to do far more
to integrate young people with special needs into the workforce, rather than
institutionalising them and in many cases, leaving them languishing in the care
Although it will take time, the eventual aim is for every young person with
disabilities that wants it to be given the chance to get paid employment.
Sarah Spoor, Learning Mentor and Inclusion
Officer at Sandfield Park, said:- "I can honestly say that the Supported
Internship programme is the best thing I have seen in all of the years I have
been working with young people with special educational needs. For too long
there have been poor outcomes for disabled young people leaving school or
college and very few are able to find paid employment; this is not only unfair,
but it means that so much talent and skill is not being used or developed and
sadly impacts on disabled young people's aspirations and hopes for the future.
It is a chance to develop work skills with support from a work coach to give the
young person a real chance to get meaningful and paid employment. I have seen
all 3 young people grow so much in confidence and maturity and they are more
independent and developing great skills."
Becky Cooper, HR Manager for the Liverpool Marriott Hotel said:-
"The supported Internship program is an exciting opportunity for us to work
closely with our community partners to enhance the experience of young people
with disabilities and equip them with the necessary skills to go on to paid
employment. Allowing us to access a new pool of talent, the programme also
provides our employees with exceptional personal development opportunities as
they work with and mentor the young people. We have been working with the
students for over 12 months in the lead up to this project and since starting
the Internship in September they have settled into Marriott exceptionally well
and already feel like part of our team. In a short space of time we have seen
huge positive change in their confidence levels and communication and they are
doing a great job within the Housekeeping department. We are excited for the
next stage in the internship and look forward to seeing them to continue to
John Stanton, aged 17, from Sandfield Park
School, who is working at the Liverpool Marriott Hotel in Queen Square, said:-
"I really enjoy working at the Marriott Hotel as the staff are really nice
and helpful. I think supported internships are good as it gives a chance to work
in a work place. I would like to get a job here when the Internship has
finished. I enjoy everything about the placement, I love getting up the mornings
to go to work and doing jobs really well and I am proud of myself."
Helen Eaton, Assistant Principal of Myerscough College, said:- "The
Supported Internship programme provides the opportunity for Myerscough College
to work with both young people and their supervisors. It's about creating work
ready young people and removing any barriers that may be present in the
workplace that could stop the employer from taking on a young person with
learning difficulties. I'm so proud of the progress that's being made."
Formby Christmas Lights
Switch On 2017
ON Sunday, 26 November 2017, the Formby
Christmas Lights will be turned on. This year, Billy Butler and Wally Scott will
be pushing the plunger… Also attending will be Miss Southport, Gwen Raby and
Miss Liverpool City Region, Elli Wilson. The events start at 1pm and lights go
on at 5pm… Do not miss what will be a fantastic event… For more information go
to the Formby Christmas Lights Facebook
Page. This year's Formby Village Nativity performance, by
Churches Together (CTIFAH)
will be held on Sunday, 10 December 2017, from 2pm, within the grounds of Formby
College students get career advice from
STUDENTS at Hugh Baird College were
treated to career advice and guidance from a very special guest recently as they
were visited by Head of the Peer Supervision and Risks Division at the Bank of
England, Mr Tanveer Hussain.
The visit was part of a series of events taking place in and around Liverpool
that have have been unveiled in the Bank of England's new educational resources. These materials
aim to teach students about the economy and the role of the Bank of England and
are designed to be used in PSHE and Citizenship classes.
The visit saw students from Business, Accounting and Law asked Mr Hussain a wide
variety of questions on his current role, his background and the previous roles
he has held in banking.
Having worked for the Bank of England for many years and currently the Bank's
Prudential Regulation Authority, Tanveer is responsible for supervising 60
international firms. This involves contingency planning, crisis management and
making sure those 60 firms don't put customers or the UK's financial system
Tanveer discussed the history of the Bank of England, how the Bank came into
existence and the Bank's responsibility and mission. This then lead him onto
discuss the financial crisis, the state of the current economy and Brexit.
The talk also proved a great way for the students to hear about the different
career opportunities and routes in to the finance world that are open to them
after they leave the College.
Speaking after the event, Mr Hussain said:- "I was delighted to have the
opportunity to speak to the Hugh Baird students about the economy and life at
the Bank of England. The quality of the questions was very impressive! "
Hugh Baird College Level 3 Business Student, Damian Gajdul, said:- "The
event today was amazing and on behalf of the group I'd like to thank Mr Hussain
for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak to us today."
Hugh Baird College Principal and Chief Executive, Yana Williams said:-
"I'd like to thank Mr Hussain on behalf of the College. I'd also like to thank
the Bank of England for considering the college as a place to hold this
CIOT welcome Government moves to
simplify and update approach on employee expenses
THE Chartered Institute of Taxation has
welcomed moves to simplify the Taxation of employee business expenses. The CIOT
argues that the system for exempting from Tax employees' employment expenses and
certain employer provided:- 'benefits' needs to be simplified if it is to
keep pace with changes in the labour market and the move away from 'traditional'
► Self funded training... Commenting on Government plans to consult on extending the scope of Tax relief
currently available to employees and the self employed for work related training
costs, Colin Ben Nathan, Chair of the CIOT Employment Taxes Sub Committee,
said:- "We welcome the Government's announcement to consult in this area.
Currently, the work-related training rules provide Tax relief only where the
employee is reimbursed or the employer contracts directly for the training, but
not where the employee incurs an expense that is not reimbursed. This does not
seem fair when employees are increasingly encouraged by their employer to
retrain, develop new skills, dual qualify, etc at the employee's own expense."
► Subsistence benchmark scale rates...
To reduce the burden on employers, from April 2019 they will no longer be
required to check receipts when reimbursing employees for subsistence using
benchmark scale rates. Colin Ben Nathan commented:- "Employer
reimbursements at flat rates and benchmark scale rates are intended as an
administrative easement but the existing requirement that employees provide
receipts for often very small amounts, eg. meals whilst working away from the
normal workplace, adds unnecessary bureaucracy to a system aimed at simplifying
the reimbursement of expenses incurred. The removal of the requirement to check
receipts will undoubtedly reduce costs for employers and we welcome this move."
► Guidance and claims process for employee expenses...
Commenting on HMRC plans to work with external stakeholders to improve the
guidance on employee expenses, particularly on travel and subsistence and the
process for claiming Tax relief on non reimbursed employment expenses, Colin
Ben Nathan said:- "A simpler process for employees to claim Tax relief for
their expenses is something which we recommended when contributing to the
Government's call for evidence. Employees need easier access to guidance around
what employment expenses they can claim Tax relief on, and how. Better
information is also needed for employees, and employers, around record keeping
requirements, and 'proof of entitlement', so that it is easier for employees to
claim a Tax deduction for eligible expenses and for employers on what amounts
can be reimbursed Tax free."
► Benefits in kind: electric vehicles... Commenting on the news that, from April 2018, there will be no benefit in kind
charge on electricity that employers provide to charge employees' electric
vehicles, Colin Ben Nathan said:- "If an employer provides electricity to
an employee to charge their own car, a benefit in kind arises based on the cost
of the electricity used for private mileage, but there is no clear guidance on
how to calculate the cost of electricity and it is therefore necessary to
estimate the cost.
Exempting the provision of workplace electricity will remove a significant
administrative burden in calculating what is often a relatively small sum."