First careers event at Specialist College

Eighteen local businesses, employer partners and charities attended the first Careers Information, Advice & Guidance day at Henshaws Specialist College last week. The event, organised by the Employability Team, enabled students to find out more about the opportunities available when they leave College.

Many of the local businesses who attended the event, including Rudding Park Hotel and Harewood House, already provide placements and work experience to our students or support Henshaws in other ways.  The day provided a great opportunity to build on these relationships and for our contacts to meet more of our students, their parents and staff to look at ways of working together in the future.

Exhibitors at the event included employers and support organisations from the area.

Rosie, mum to student Nathan, said: “For us to see what’s on offer has been helpful.  As a parent of a child with a disability I have no idea what opportunities there may be for Nathan to work in the future.  It has been helpful to start a conversation with employers – however it is clear that there is still a big gap in creating routes to suitable employment for young people like Nathan.”

A professional woman talking to a mother and her son who is in a wheelchair at a work conference
Student Nathan and mum Rosie find out more about employment opportunities at Rudding Park

Student Holly and mum Liz were talking to exhibitors about independent living as well as work options.  Liz said: “We’ve been finding out more from Sense about their assisted living houses around the Leeds area and also talking to employers about how Holly might find a job.  She needs plenty of mental stimulation and has lots to offer but her physical disabilities make it a challenge.

Student Hollie and mum Liz talk to Tom Pullan from Sense

Health and Wellbeing Manager Beth Cook from the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation was sharing information about volunteering opportunities. Beth said: “We are working hard to match the interests and abilities of potential volunteers with a suitable voluntary role as one of our team of “Yorkies”.  We know that volunteering brings real benefits for both the organisation and the individual, and we work hard to ensure our projects are as inclusive as possible.”

Work experience coordinator Lee Gray, who organised the event, said: “We have such fantastic employers and organisations in our local area and were pleased so many chose to give their time to attend. They welcomed the chance to speak with our students about the possible options available to them after leaving College, including housing, employment and volunteering.”

We’d like to thank Bettys and Taylors Group who generously supported the event by donating refreshments.

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