Hedleys Employability

Workex1Our Employability Project works across the region to develop employability opportunities for disabled people.

We work closely with employers to break down barriers, supporting them to be more ‘disability confident’ and open up opportunities for disabled people.

We do this in a whole host of ways including: visits, work experience, placements and internships to move into paid employment. This project encourages regional organisations to be socially responsible and achieve great practice.

We have had a wealth of success stories including ex-students working toward paid apprenticeships and other success stories of students gaining paid employment.

Employers involved in the project have said: “Having disabled people working with you brings your equality policies to life.

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“It becomes a living, breathing document and helps break down barriers internally and externally.”

Other employers have said: “Having students on work placements has been the best disability awareness and equality training ever!”

Hedleys Employability hosts a number of events throughout the year to support employers to be more disability confident.

View the Hedleys Employability Events page to find out more.

To find out more or to become involved in Hedleys Employability please email Christine Shanks c.shanks@percyhedley.org.uk.

We look forward to working with you!



  • Sarah Newton and Baroness Grey-Thompson among speakers confirmed for CAN Conference 19.10.17 - Minister of State Sarah Newton and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and will be among the speakers at the Hedleys Employability CAN Conference on December 1st. The conference, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle, aims to challenge attitudes and behaviours towards disability employment and focus on closing the disability employment gap. Parliamentarian Baroness Grey-Thompson and Minister of State […]
  • Latest Hedleys Employability breakfast event announced 28.09.17 - Hedleys Employability will host another breakfast event at Virgin Money on Thursday, October 12. Adjusting Attitudes in the Workplace will be delivered by Nigel Day, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias Consultant. Book your place now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hedleys-employability-adjusting-attitudes-in-the-workplace-tickets-38338452343?aff=es2
  • Employer in the Spotlight: Jack enjoys his time at Tesco 08.08.17 - Thanks to the support of employers across the North East, Hedleys Employability has placed 73 disabled young people and adults within companies to gain valuable work experience in the last year. In a series of features, we go behind the scenes at some of the work placements organised by the Hedleys Employability team to see […]
  • Hedleys Employability: Review of 2016 17.02.17 - 2016 was another successful year for Hedleys Employability. We got straight back into the swing of things in January, engaging with new employers and completing a host of three way agreements. We engaged with 19 new employers in January alone, with approximately 99 new employers engaged by the end of 2016. Networking at its best! […]