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Down's Syndrome is 'not a barrier to getting a job' Devon worker insists

Amy has worked at Paignton Hotel for three years. Credit: ITV West Country

A waitress at a Devon hotel says her Down's Syndrome is not a barrier to getting a job.

Amy has worked at Paignton Hotel for three years and says thanks to support from Workfit she has become a respected member of the team.

The 23-year-old is speaking out as part of National Down's Syndrome Awareness Week and insists the condition is not always a barrier to getting a job.

Amy has become a popular member of staff at the hotel and has made close friendships with guests. Credit: ITV West Country

Workfit has provided support and work place training for both Amy and the rest of the staff.

Less than 6% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment.

Less than 6% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment. Credit: ITV West Country

Paul Harrison from the Down's Syndrome Association, Workfit, said: "We have candidates across the south west ready to work but we need more employers.

"We understand the reservations about productivity and fear of not getting it right but the Workfit programme have now trained over 400 employers and 2,000 employees."

Amy is very popular with guests who stay at the hotel and has even made friends with some of the regular customers.

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