A new government scheme will be launched in July to encourage employers to give young disabled people jobs.
Work Choice, a specialist disability employment programme, will offer companies who recruit young disabled people a payment of up to £2,275. It is hoped the cash incentive will help encourage more companies to employ people with disabilities.
Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller said: “Through this wage incentive we are encouraging employers to hire more young disabled people by providing some money ourselves.
“By creating a partnership between Government and the employer, it will give more young disabled people the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the workplace, so that the employer will keep that young person on beyond the six months of the subsidy.”
The payment will be available to companies who recruit an 18-24 year old disabled person through the Work Choice scheme. It is estimated there are currently 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are available for and want to work.