A special event was held to showcase the work of a team who help people with significant disabilities into paid work.

The City of Wolverhampton Council's Supported Employment team work alongside adult social care services and employers to provide work opportunities for people with a disability. 

The wraparound approach supports businesses as well as job seekers to achieve sustainable, long term employment opportunities.

The team also work with schools and other educational settings to help strengthen the support available to disabled young people as they prepare for adulthood.

The event at Grand Station brought together professionals who work with disabled people who may be looking for employment, as well as education providers. Business leaders were also in attendance so they could understand the support on offer to help them create a more diverse workforce.

Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "Supported employment has been successfully used for decades as a personalised model for helping people with significant disabilities get into, and stay in, paid work.

"We know that work plays a pivotal role in defining an individual's quality of life and, wherever possible, should be an integral part of a person's overall life experience.

“Supported employment offers an innovative process that makes employment an achievable goal for people with disabilities and has, at its heart, the notion that anyone can be employed if they want to be and sufficient support is provided.

"We were delighted to host an event to showcase the service as well as the various opportunities on offer through Wolves at Work. It was also great to see so many local businesses come along to see how supported employment could benefit them, and how we could work together to make Wolverhampton more diverse and inclusive to people living with disabilities."

To find out more about the Supported Employment Service, please call the team on 01902 554411 or email supportedemployment@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Further information is also available at Wolves Workbox.