21st Jan, 2022

Five learners with disabilities helped into work with innovative scheme

FIVE Coventry residents with learning disabilities have successfully been recruited to paid employment in CV Life, following a new partnership training programme.

Luke, Jrah, Gordan, Jackie and Ibrahim were all offered jobs after taking part in Coventry Adult Education Service’s successful Sector Work Academy Programme (SWAP) with CV Life.

CV Life is a scheme for learners with learning disabilities, with shared work between Coventry City Council’s Employment and Skills Service, Adult Social Care, CV Life and the charity Grapevine.

The course was 6 weeks long with 2 days a week spent on work placement with CV Life and 2 days spent doing classroom learning in an onsite classroom provided by CV Life at The Wave.

Jackie Cruise, one of the successful course participants said: “When I first started the course, I was extremely nervous and was really unsure if I was going to get a job at the end of the 6 weeks, but I have now been offered a paid opportunity and I am so happy.”

The learners have achieved a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety Awareness, as well as developing their customer service and communication skills.

Coun Kindy Sandhu, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “The work placements for these young people have been a great success, and the support of job coaches and the various learning opportunities has been an important addition to the project. It has been an excellent example of partnership working for the benefit of young people.”

Paul Breed, CV Life CEO said: “Having the learners fully integrated within the business of the company has been hugely beneficial to both the learners and the teams from CV Life.”

If you would like to find out more about future courses or get 1 to 1 Job Coaching support please get in touch with the Coventry Job Shop.

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