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!

Hedleys Employability Latest News!

  • Hedleys Employability presents…Steps to Employability 14.02.18 - Hedleys Employability hosts a number of events throughout the year to support employers to be more disability confident. The aim of these events is to break down the barriers employers envisage to employing disabled people. It also offers employers the chance to share experiences, best practices and ask questions. Our next event is… Click here to […]
  • Hedleys Employability’s CAN Conference is a huge success 20.12.17 - The Change Attitudes Now Conference organised by Hedleys Employability proved to be a huge success at the beginning of December. There was a packed house of 200 at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle for the event, which aimed to challenge the disability employment gap. The Government has pledged to halve the gap – currently 33.1 […]
  • Employer in the Spotlight: Toby makes a big impression at Northumberland Virtual School 19.12.17 - Thanks to the support of employers across the North East, Hedleys Employability has placed many 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 placements organised by the Hedleys Employability team to see how both […]
  • 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 […]