TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
Our free training course has three goals:
- To get disabled people into employment
- To train disabled people to advocate for themselves and others
- To improve self confidence
Disabled people tend to be either unemployed or in low paid jobs. This project is an attempt to help disabled people build careers they can be proud of, improving their quality of life.
The course covers disability rights, benefits, services, confidence building, and employment skills. We comprehensively cover the roles and skills of a disability advocate. We will teach you about disability, including the history of disabled people, contemporary views of disability and the services and benefits available to support disabled people.
The course includes a mandatory 12 week voluntary work placement which will provide trainees with important work experience so they can put what they’ve learned into practice and actually start supporting disabled people.
The course is accredited by OCN Credit 4 Learning. All successful candidates shall receive a Level 3 certificate worth 20 credits. Former trainees have used their certificates to qualify for jobs and further education courses.
One third of trainees find employment after completion of the course, which is higher than most similar employability projects. Of the remainder, many go into further education or active volunteering. Nobody completes the course without having benefited in some way.
The project is in four phases:
Is to recruit disabled people from the greater London area.
Put the trainees through a 12 session accredited course, to learn about disability history, the models of disability, disability legislation, local authority services, advocacy skills and principals and much more with the aid of role-plays, group exercises and guest speakers.
The trainees will be put on a 6-8 week work placement. We've provided placements internally here at Hackney, other advocacy organisations and a myriad of disability organisations covering everything from legal to creative industries.
Once the trainees have successfully completed their placement, they will be given ongoing support to find employment.
Two thirds of our trainees for the last year are now employed, in further education or on placement. We've had trainees go on to full employment, get degrees or even become self employed.We are now recruiting for our eighteenth training course which will be starting in September.
If you are interested in the course, please contact:
Haq Ismail, Training Co-ordinator