A NEW employment hub has been launched to help young people with disabilities find long-term jobs in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Hereward College in Bramston Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry, invited representatives from businesses, schools and councils to hear more about its work to bridge the disability employment gap.
The Employment Hub based at the college will help young people to source work placements, skills training, support in the workplace and money and travel management advice.
It will also support employers with disability awareness training, analysing and adapting job roles and promoting good employment practice.
Paul Cook, principal at Hereward College, said the hub has been set-up to help secure permanent jobs for its learners.
He said: “The idea of launching our hub is to bring together students and employers and we believe this project will make a big difference.
“The enthusiasm shown by the employers we already work with is inspiring for us as a college and our learners.
“We currently deliver a supported internship programme as a way of achieving sustainable employment and we believe it is one of the best vehicles to have emerged over the last ten years.
“The CWLEP (Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub) is going to help us secure business mentors for our learners.
“We have a number of learners here that want to work for themselves. They have ideas, motivation and tenacity and they just need to have a little bit of guidance along the way.”
Craig Humphrey, managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub said he and his team would be working hard to ensure this new scheme was inclusive to all.
He said: “The Employment Hub will broaden the choice of employees for businesses and become a centre of excellence for young people with disabilities throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.
“At a time when the economy has challenges, we need to open up career pathways instead of young people having a single-minded focus of going to university and not considering vocational training.
“We need to ensure, as UK City of Culture in 2021, we have social mobility at our core throughout Coventry.”