Our EmployAbility scheme’s Work Inspiration Week is now bigger and better than ever, as it is now reaching four of our sites with more students from across the country.
We’re leading the way for paid employment opportunities for students with additional learning needs through our EmployAbility programme. As part of this programme, prospective students have the chance to see what working life is like at National Grid through a Work Inspiration Week.
As EmployAbility begins recruiting students for its third year, Work Inspiration Week, 51 students took part in Warwick, Hinckley, Wokingham and Solihull. During the course of the week, the students participated in a problem solving activity day, where they were encouraged to work as a team.
The students also experienced ‘A Day in the Life’, where they tried out some typical work tasks. On the last day of the week, they presented their experience back to their teachers, peers and some National Grid representatives.
While the Work Inspiration Week has, in the past, been organised by graduates, the growth of the programme meant we recruited additional volunteers from across the business. The week was a fantastic and rewarding experience for all of the volunteers involved.
Gareth Jenkins, Account Manager in Market Operations was involved in the week and said: “By reaching out to the community, National Grid is not only bringing new opportunities for young people, but also bringing new skills into our workforce and diversifying the company. The week was a huge success for both National Grid and all of the local schools involved.
“The week is the first step in the journey to achieve permanent paid employment in the community. We hope that many of the students who attended the Work Inspiration Week will join National Grid’s EmployAbility internship programme.”