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Centre for Accessible Environments secures £322k to transform employment prospects for young disabled Londoners

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) is preparing to launch its Pathways project which will support young disabled Londoners into careers in inclusive design and accessible environments.

The project, which has won 3 year funding totalling £322K from City Bridge Trust’s Bridge to Work programme, is set to kick-off in April 2020.

The Pathways project aims to work with 40 participants over its three year programme offering

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•             An initial taster session in June 2020 for young people to find out more about the programme;

•             2 days training per month over 12 months on a wide variety of topics relating to disability awareness and inclusive design with practical exercises;

•             Mentoring and shadowing opportunities with disability access professionals;

•             Advice, support, networking and continued professional development opportunities during and after the programme.

CAE’s head of business development, Fara Muneer, said: “For us, making the UK more accessible for disabled people isn’t just about adding ramps or accessible toilets, it’s also removing barriers to employment.”

Adding: “We’re grateful that the City Bridge Trust has chosen CAE as a partner for its Bridge to Work programme. We hope that the Pathways project will help develop the next generation of access and disability professionals who will help deliver the vision of a more inclusive environment- a key driver for City Bridge Trust and CAE.”

While Dhruv Patel, chairman of the City of London corporation’s City Bridge Trust, said: “Barriers to work faced by disabled people can be multiple and complex, but many challenges can be overcome with the right support.”

Adding: “Our Bridge to Work programme aims to address this, supporting disabled people aged 16-30 into paid employment through advice, support and developing good practice. I am delighted therefore that we are supporting the Pathways project, and look forward to seeing those who go through the scheme succeed in careers in inclusive design and creating accessible environments.”

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