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Students demonstrate their “ Employ Ability ” at showcase event…

Submitted by on May 29, 2013 – 12:32 pm |

Warwickshire College - “ Employ Ability ” at showcase eventStudents from Warwickshire College joined with other young people from Coventry, Warwick and Milton Keynes to showcase their talents at a special ‘ Employ Ability ’ event at Rugby Centre today.

The event, which was organised, catered and managed by the students themselves, brought 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.

Warwickshire College, Hereward College in Coventry, Round Oak School in Warwick 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 culminated in the “Employ Ability” showcase today.

The event included workshops and presentations from employment support organisations and businesses including National Grid and BT to help employers understand and appreciate the business and wider benefits of employing young people with disabilities.

The students also showcased their creative talents in a drama piece and flash mob performance.

One of the businesses represented was Savi’s Bakery from Leamington Spa. The owner, Roy Savage, shared his experience of taking on Richard, a student with a disability, to work in his business. From his perspective as an employer, he said it was “…a very positive experience for both student and employer. It was rewarding to see the student’s skills and confidence grow.”

Claire Cookson, from Round Oak School, Warwick thanked all those who had taken part. “It has been wonderful to see the real potential and opportunities for our young people to move into jobs and careers. Our aim is to give more people with a disability the chance to work, and today is living proof that our students are worth investing in – they have shown their talents, skills and knowledge to everyone.”

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