Hereward College News

Monday, 20 May 2013

Students from Hereward to demonstrate their “Employ Ability”

Students from Hereward College will join with other young disabled people from Coventry, Warwick and Milton Keynes to showcase their talents at a special ‘Employ Ability’ event at Rugby Centre on 22 May, between 10:30 am – 2:00 pm.

The event, which has been organised and managed by the students themselves, brings together employers, educators and young people with disabilities to showcase their skills and talents along with examples of how employers are successfully working with them.

Hereward College, Warwickshire College in Coventry, Roundoak School in Daventry and Slated Row School in Milton Keynes have formed a cluster group in response to the government green paper on supporting young people with disabilities. The group has worked with the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) on a project to focus on developing more effective ways to help disabled young people into work, which is culminating in the “Employ Ability” showcase.

The event includes workshops and presentations from employment support organisations and businesses including National Grid and BT. These will help employers understand and appreciate the business and wider benefits of employing young people with disabilities, as well as find out what support is available to help make it happen. Educators will be able to see how to establish relationships with employers that can really make a difference in supporting students into work.

Students will also be showcasing their creative talents in a drama piece and flash mob performance. Attendees will get the opportunity to interact with the actors during a forum theatre performance.

Mike Shaw, Vice Principal of Quality and Curriculum at Hereward College said “Every young person has the right to aspire to the very best for their future and every employer wants the best for their business. That’s why this event is so important to bring together stakeholders, employers and our learners, to showcase their skills and aspirations and the work we do to support them in education."

“There is still much work to do to make employability a reality especially for disabled people, but we hope that everyone at the event will be inspired by seeing what can be achieved.”

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