Supporting people with disabilities to develop employability skills

Julie, our Employability Skills Co-ordinator at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, tells us about her role and what we offer. She runs an employability programme to support people with disabilities to build up skills for work.

My name is Julie and I’m the Employability Skills Co-ordinator at our Arts & Crafts Centre, where I run a programme to help young people with disabilities gain skills for work. You can listen to a short interview below to hear me explain more about the new programme. Then read on to find out my top tips for building up the skills employers are looking for.

What are employability skills and why are they important?

Employability skills are necessary for getting and being successful in a job. These skills help you to get along with your colleagues, to make decisions, solve problems and develop your communication.

You need a wide range of transferable skills which will help you in any job you decide to do. Employees always look for a mix of skills and qualities to fill their roles successfully.

It’s important to have good communication skills and to be able to interact with lots of different people. Employers call these interpersonal skills and they are often the most important factor when they are looking for the right person for the job.


How can I build up my employability skills to help me find a job?

To develop your employability skills, you should work on these areas:

  • Being able to solve a problem and make decisions
  • Working with numbers e.g till training
  • Communicating and interacting with a wide range of people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Looking after your health so that you are fit for work
  • Making sure you look professional and make a good first impression
  • Practicing your interview technique
  • It might help to get someone to ask you questions to practice before an interview, or film you doing a presentation so you can watch it back.

The more you practise, the more natural it will become so you can slowly build up your confidence and be ready to go out there and give it all you’ve got!


Are you looking for new skills to help you volunteer or find a job?

Find out more about our employability programme for young people with disabilities.

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