Posted: 22 November 2017
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Inspiring others to inspire others
Inspiring others to inspire others

National Grid’s ‘EmployAbility – Let’s work together’ programme has been a great success, so we’ve launched a toolkit to encourage other companies to get involved.

National Grid has been helping transform these young lives through our ‘EmployAbility – Let’s work together’ programme.

“We want to share the knowledge we’ve gained from running this programme with others to make a difference to even more young peoples’ lives”

Jonathan Richardson, Education and Skills Specialist.

The job prospects for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are poor, but they don’t need to be.

Since 2013, National Grid has been helping transform these young lives through our ‘EmployAbility – Let’s work together’ programme.

By partnering with local SEND schools and providing supported internships for young people from 16-24 years old, we have found full-time employment for 60% of our interns, compared to the national figure of only 6%, as quoted by the UK mental health charity Mencap.

If we can have this kind of success, others can too. We want to inspire other companies to start their own EmployAbility programmes, so we’ve launched a toolkit. It’s based on our experience and has everything you need to know to run their own supported internships.

The toolkit includes ‘How-to guides’ about planning your programme, what to do before it goes live, and activities for after your launch that will make your programme a success for all involved.

“The development of EmployAbility within National Grid is the result of hard work by individuals, often in addition to their day job,” said Jonathan Richardson, Education and Skills Specialist. “We want to share the knowledge we’ve gained from running this programme with others to make a difference to even more young peoples’ lives.”

Jonathan said one of the companies inspired by the National Grid programme recently recruited a young woman who is only the fourth student from her school to get paid employment in the past 20 years. He added: “By involving companies of all sizes from across the country, we want to make finding employment something that happens all the time for SEND students.”

You can access the EmployAbility toolkit here.

For more information about ‘EmployAbility: Let’s work together’, contact Jonathan Richardson.

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