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Engage to Change
June 2016 - March 2021. Funded by The Big Lottery
Fund's Getting Ahead 2 grant.
Learning Disability Wales has been
awarded a £10m grant to boost the employment prospects of young
people in Wales with a learning disability and / or learning
difficulty, including autism.
The five-year Engage to Change
project, starting in April 2016, will work with 800 employers
across Wales to help 1,000 young people with learning disability
and/or autism to develop their employment skills through paid work
placements lasting between 6-12 months.
Learning Disability Wales are leading a consortium of
organisations to deliver Engage to Change project. These include
supported employment agencies ELITE and Agoriad, the international internship programme
Project SEARCH, self advocacy organisation All Wales People First, and Cardiff University.
The project is being funded by The Big Lottery Fund's Getting Ahead 2
grant - the largest ever awarded by the organisation in Wales. The
grant was developed in partnership with Welsh Government to meet
priorities for supporting children and young people. It will be
funded by money that has been dormant in bank and building society
accounts across the UK for 15 years or more.
Youth unemployment in Wales is an issue for all young people but
those young people with a learning disability and/or autism, the
routes into employment and the support that is available isn't
always clear. The project will allow us to draw from previous good
practice and clearly demonstrate what works for these young
To find out more about Engage to Change visit our new website at
can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.
We recently held two information days in south and north Wales.
Below you can find presentations from the events.
Introduction to Engage to Change (PDF)
Engaging Employers - south Wales (PDF)
Engaging Employers - north Wales (PDF)
Project SEARCH (PDF)
Referral Process - north Wales (PDF)
Making the Case for Change - Steve Beyer, Cardiff
- Joe Powell (PDF)
Personal Journey - Lucy Hinksman (PDF)