Disabled students urged to apply for summer 2017 work placements

3 October 2016

Change100 students from 2015Leading companies are looking for talented disabled students and recent graduates to take on work placements in summer 2017.

The Change100 internship scheme, run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, seeks to create career opportunities for disabled young people through three-month work placements.

Applications for Change100 open today and close on 25 January 2017. Students and recent graduates are being urged to apply as soon as possible.

Successful applicants will get mentoring and guidance throughout their paid placement to support them to excel and thrive within the workplace.

Change100 has engaged with some of the UK’s leading companies and employers, including the BBC, Taylor Wimpey, Barclays, Skanska and Virgin Money.

Change100 intern Maisie Golding said:

‘I would describe the Change100 programme as life-changing! Not only has it developed my professional skills and how I cope with my disability within a workplace, it also allowed me to meet others who face the same struggles as I do.

‘University started the development of my confidence and I feel this programme has now pushed it to where it should be.’

The scheme also supports businesses to become more confident about disability by giving advice and guidance on how to support disabled employees and those with long-term health conditions.

Leonard Cheshire Disability launched the ambitious scheme in 2013, and since then the charity has been overwhelmed by the positive response from employers, students, and recent graduates.

Peter Jenkins, director of campaigns at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said:

‘The response we have had to the campaign over the past three years so far has been fantastic.

‘Now in our fourth year, we are hoping to create even more career opportunities for talented disabled students and recent graduates. We are also hoping the success of the programme can dispel myths about disability in the workplace in this Paralympic year.’

In order to deliver Change100, Leonard Cheshire Disability will be partnering with Vanilla Ventures, a social enterprise also responsible for the non-profit sector graduate scheme Charityworks.

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