It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October! The name doesn’t roll off the tongue, it’s a very long hashtag and is an especially specific awareness- but remains an important subject for people to be talking about.
Why? Because approximately 16% of working-age adults in the UK have a disability. Of this amount, only 47% of them are in employment. Narrow down the figures further, and only 6% of people with a learning disability are in employment.
People with disabilities, physical or learning, make for a huge portion of the UK community. Enabling them to be in active employment is great for them and the economy.
Let’s make the change
We don’t believe that people with learning disabilities aren’t being employed because companies don’t want to. It could be because it hasn’t occurred to open opportunities to the disabled community, or a lack of information around employing those with a learning disability.
halow have been so lucky to be surrounded by brilliant businesses who have reached out to help our young people gain the experience and confidence needed for a career. The young people at halow have worked in the bustling environment of Waitrose, practised authentic Italian hospitality and catering at Olivo Ristorante Italiano, and toured the Philips HQ, on occasions resulting in permanent employment. With the right support and training, young people with learning disabilities are can bring a fantastic new element to your team.
‘There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. Stretch yourself and really get to know people. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures. The halow project team is one of the treasures I have found in my life. Our work experience day has been one of my best days I have spent in my life, thanks to all at the halow project!’- Paolo Ditale, manager of Olivo Ristorante Italiano.
How you can help
Companies such as HR Strategy Pro and Halifax have offered their skills in interview prep and CV writing, as well as being active volunteers for halow. If your business isn’t currently employing, the young people at halow would love the opportunity to gain work experience or learn skills from your team. From IT wizardry and marketing tactics to customer service and administration, helping our young people find a career they’re passionate about is invaluable. You might just find a new recruit whilst you’re at it!
A young people from halow who attended the work experience day with Philips in Guildford says: ‘It was a brilliant day. I saw how they work as a company, the marketing, customer service where they deal with questions from the public. I dressed smartly of course as I was in their office all day. I loved it.’
Get in touch
Do you have a great idea about how young people with a learning disability can get involved in your workplace, we'd love to hear from you! Get in touch on 01483 447960 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.