Disabled students launch career guide for peers
10 March 2015
A new career guide was launched today aimed at supporting disabled students into work.
This is Your Future was written and produced by disabled students on our Change100 work placement programme and is based on their own experiences.
Change100 is an employment scheme which places talented disabled students within some of the UK’s leading companies for three-month work experience placements. It provides life-changing opportunities for disabled undergraduates to work for top employers.
Minister of State for Disabled People Mark Harper MP launched the guide this morning at a breakfast with leading employers and students hosted by SABMiller.
‘Leonard Cheshire’s Change100 programme is a fantastic example of the difference that targeted support can make in helping disabled people to find work.
‘The information provided in this guide will be invaluable to young disabled people starting out in their careers.’
Clare Pelham, our Chief Executive, said, ‘After the success of our first year of Change100 we were delighted that the participants wanted to share all the knowledge gained and create a guide for all disabled young people to kickstart their careers.’
‘Things are beginning to change. If we can better equip disabled students with support and knowledge, we can advance the move towards a truly inclusive workforce, and ensure that disabled students are not left behind.’
The downloadable guide covers all the stages of getting a job including handy tips for the workplace. It was created by a team of students on the first Change100 programme. All members of the group are now continuing their studies or have found further work.
‘Change100 changed my life’
Karar Saeed is one of the Change100 participants who help to produce the guide. He said: ‘Change100 changed my life because it gave me the opportunity to get ready for the future and get prepared for the world of work.’
‘We hope that this guide helps other disabled students, like us, to have the confidence to apply for jobs and realise their full potential.’
Global beer and soft drinks business SABMiller employed three Change100 students last year and are taking part in the programme again this year. Ollie Roberts, Director: HR, Group Corporate Offices and Global Functions at SABMiller plc, spoke at the event.
‘I know from first-hand experience that it’s vital to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of society including each organisation’s customers and consumers.’