The OPTIO Programme 2015-2018

OPTIO is a two stage model being piloted for people with a learning disability aged from 16 – 65 with the overall aim of increasing social inclusion, their employability skills and providing opportunity and choice for enterprise and self-employment. This project is an access programme, which places individuals at the centre and empowers them to establish their plan for employment. Stage 1 is for participants to explore their aspiration and motivation for employment, incorporating innovative teaching on the concept of enterprise. Stage 2 expands upon the knowledge gained in Stage 1 as participants will partake in an Enterprise Challenge utilising the soft and work based skills they have acquired. OPTIO is being run in partnership between East Belfast Enterprise and ARC (NI). The project has been made possible by the support of ARC members and through the funding of European Social Fund, Department for the Economy, and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For more information contact Jude Pollock on jude.pollock@arcuk.org.uk or 028 9038 0964

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