Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has joined the Shaw Trust, a national employment, learning and skills charity, to celebrate the achievements of the disabled and disadvantaged people who have been supported on the Work Choice programme to get ready for the world of work.
Shaw Trust is the prime provider of Work Choice in the local area and works closely with the local community to break down barriers that limit employment opportunities for disabled people. Along with other providers in the area, Shaw Trust has helped nearly 2,000 people from South Wales into employment.
Shaw Trust hosted the event at their Cardigan centre to recognise the accomplishments of its clients who have been given life-changing employment support. The Cardigan centre supports the long-term unemployed through the Government’s Work Choice programme and continues to support disabled people across South Wales. Work Choice is an employment programme designed specifically for people, who because of their disability, find it difficult to find or keep a job.
Work Choice helps disabled and disadvantaged people to overcome the severe barriers preventing them from making the most of their talents and embarking on rewarding careers. Shaw Trust supports clients on Work Choice with a range of disabilities - be it a mental health problem, a physical condition or learning difficulty. Shaw Trust offers its clients on the employment scheme the opportunity to learn new skills, gain work experience and acquire qualifications.
Attending the event as a guest of honour, Mr Williams used the celebrations to meet Shaw Trust’s Work Choice clients, and witness first-hand the work of the charity’s staff to support people from the local community to find long-term employment.
Mark Williams, MP for Ceredigion, said:
“Shaw Trust’s delivery of the Work Choice programme has boosted the employment prospects of many disabled and disadvantaged people in Ceredigion. The scheme has given vulnerable people from the local community a platform to grow and pursue fulfilling careers. I urge employers and organisations to partner with Shaw Trust to enable more people from across South Wales to live independently and contribute more to the Ceredigion constituency.”