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2011 National Disabled Members' Conference
13 July 2011
Carried as Amended

Conference notes that many young people leave school with good exam results and the hope and dreams to gain full employment, more education and to expand their horizons for growth and independence.

It’s well known that most disabled young people, due to lack of support during difficult times come out of education with lower grades and not as many opportunities as their non disabled colleagues.

Conference will be aware that the Government has a scheme for young ethnic refugee people which enables them, through education to make a positive contribution to society.

It is essential that Disabled Young People should have a similar scheme. This would encourage confidence, independence and life skills and valuing and respecting the young disabled person right from the start of leaving school. This will also ensure that young disabled people have the opportunity to gain qualifications and be part of the work force from an early age.

Conference asks the National Disabled Members’ Committee to work with the NEC to campaign effectively through the TUC and other trade unions for employers to recruit at least 20% disabled people in their work force and introduce mechanisms that empower disabled people to become apprentices’