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 lots of success stories including ex-students working toward paid apprenticeships and students entering paid employment.

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

“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.  To find out more or to become involved in Hedleys Employability please email Dionne Smith dionne.smith@percyhedley.org.uk.

We look forward to working with you!

Stories from Hedleys Employability!

  • Adam’s journey into paid work 20.09.19 - Here's a great little story about Adam, one of our students who, with the support of local employers, our College and… Posted by Percy Hedley Foundation on Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • 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 […]