Creating Employment Hubs At SEND Schools
Giving Back To The Community
Job Coaching & Work Placements
As a company run by and for disabled people Access Rating is committed and passionate to assisting disabled people into employment. This along with improving access was and remains one of the key objectives of our company. According to a survey from the Papworth Trust, young people aged 16-18 were at least twice as likely as their non disabled peers to not be in education, employment or training. The survey also found that by the age of 26, disabled people are four times more likely to be out of work or not in education compared to non-disabled people. Our job coaching program aims to give disabled people the confidence and the skills to be employed, therefore closing the employment gap between disabled and able bodied people. This reduces unemployment in the UK overall, increases the power of the Purple Pound, opens up opportunities for disabled people and by doing all those things, people then have a say in society, a voice that otherwise may not be heard.
How does job coaching work?
Our job coaching programme is currently located at Ashfield Academy in Leicester. Ashfield is a SEND school, which means it specialises in educating and supporting children with special educational needs and disability. The environment together with the expertise of the staff make this an ideal location as the needs of the children can and are being met so barriers like access do not get in the way of learning. Our ambassadors such as GB Tennis star James Shaw along with Rich Copson, (co-founder of Access Rating,) provide confidence classes and work experience placements to build up the students confidence whilst providing them with employable skills and shifting their focus to what they would like to do in the future.
Work experience placements
We are looking for more businesses who can offer these hard-working students work experience placements. To facilitate this we have created an Access Rating Employment HUB at Ashfield. The HUB is a mock office environment where Access Rating and other employers can engage with the students in their optimum environment whilst giving them a taste of what a workplace environment is like. This goes a long way to bolstering the confidence of employers and the students. With an estimated 700,000 disabled children in the UK, opening up the world of work in this way not only closes the inequality and employment gap experienced by disabled people but also makes economic sense.
Where does it lead?
Students who take part in the job coaching programme will have access to more work experience placements and apprenticeships within Access Rating itself and other businesses. We’re looking to expand and work with more schools, more businesses and more role models that disabled students can not only look up to and learn from but also, importantly, that they can identify with. Seeing someone you can relate to succeed can give people, disabled or not, the belief that they too can find success.