The System Operator (SO) business recently hosted two important workshops for EmployAbility – our award-winning programme that supports students with learning disabilities.
The events were held for the National Supported Internship Forum, a group whose ambition is to expand supported internships on a nationwide scale; with members travelling from across the country to attend the meeting.
Mark Pickles, co-founder of EmployAbility, together with Harriet Lam and Warwick job coaches Amanda Onions and Rachael Woodcock, gave the visitors a tour of our own EmployAbility programme. Plans were also set in motion to organise a large-scale event for Local Authorities, to showcase the business case and benefits of supported internships.
Mark said: “This forum brings together the ‘movers and shakers’ nationally, including government, and we have a unified ambition to help change the lives of thousands of students with disabilities for the better.”
The following day Mark chaired our annual workshop for EmployAbility Job Coaches. This brings together participants from Solihull, Wokingham, Warwick, Cadent Gas and other programmes; sharing successes and challenges, and working through developments for the future.
Job coaches fulfil an amazing role in helping develop the skills and confidence of our supported interns. One delegate commented: “Great day… thank you; it’s great to be a part of such a passionate workforce.”