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Mencap Positive Futures

What does it do?

Employment Support Programme, helping with employment skills, money management and social skills. Also includes a work experience placement. 

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V-Recruitment

V-Recruitment is a specialist enablement support service for deaf people across Y&H. They don’t provide personal care but are able to recruit workers who can take people out and about which can be funded through personal budgets or privately funded. 

Because we employ Support Workers who can communicate fluently and clearly in British Sign Language (BSL), we are able to meet our clients’ cultural and linguistic needs.

V-Recruitment aims to promote independence and reduce isolation, supporting clients in their own home and when accessing their local community. Find out more about how we support deaf people.

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Bradford College - Distance Learning

Our popular Distance Learning courses allow you to study for recognised accreditation that is of value to your work and personal development (provided you are resident in England). Our courses are Level 2 qualifications accredited by NCFE Cache, an acknowledged leader in the field of distance learning.

By studying via Distance Learning, you will have the flexibility to complete the course in the comfort of your own home or as part of a work-based training programme. You will have an assigned, qualified tutor who will give you guidance and feedback by phone, email, post and/or online.

Some of our Distance Learning courses are available by means of an online portal.

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Careers and General Advice

Of course, you may just want to go straight into full-time work. There's lot of careers information and advice out there, too much to list here, but here's a selection of the excellent services provided:

As you can see, there's plenty on offer so make sure any young people you know who are reviewing their options are made aware of the support that is available to them. 

Down Syndrome Training & Support Service 

I Can Work Pilot Project

Could you provide employment for a young adult with Down Syndrome for 10 to 15 hours a week?

The Down Syndrome Training & Support Service is a registered charity run by and for parents and carers of children who have Down syndrome. We offer support and training for all parents and professionals working and caring for children with Down syndrome.

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Earn while you learn

For many, the later years at school can be frustrating when all you want to do is get out into the world, start working and earn a living.

Likewise, if you're already working, you may be looking to try something new altogether or to improve your skills and knowledge to help you progress up the career ladder. You may also want to improve your prospects of finding a job in your chosen industry.

Whether you're looking for your first role or are already in employment, apprenticeships give you the chance to do just that. They enable you to enter or stay in the world of work, earn a decent wage and learn new skills. An apprenticeship will offer you amazing opportunities to shine in a job you enjoy.

Apprenticeships mix on-the-job training with classroom learning. They provide you with the skills you need for your chosen career that will also lead to nationally recognised qualifications. As an apprentice you earn while you learn and receive other benefits as well. Apprenticeships are real jobs for real people.

Please see links below to some well known Apprenticeships 

Yorkshire Water     Next     NHS

EvenBreak

Evenbreak, a not-for-profit social enterprise, was formed to achieve three aims:

  • To help inclusive employers attract more talented disabled people;
  • To help disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills;
  • To promote the business benefits of employing disabled people.

With Evenbreak, inclusive employers can be confident that they will attract additional disabled candidates that they may not find through any other recruitment channels. Disabled jobseekers can be confident that employers who have chosen to place their vacancies on this site are serious about looking beyond their disabilities to identify what skills they have to offer.

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Health Improvement training and opportunities 

Traineeship Pathway Opportunity for young people 16-18 years

In2work Traineeships based just near the Broadway Shopping Centre. We offer a 20 week Traineeship Programme for young people which consists of: 

  • Maths and English Functional Skills to boost up grades
  • A work experience placement to build up valuable insight into working life
  • A weekly bursary of up to £45
  • Job application / Interview support
  • 12 month on going support for young people

In 2 Work will also consider 19-24 year olds and have provision for 12-15 young people every 8 weeks and our next cohort starts Wednesday this week for which I have only a few spaces left. 

Any young people, parents or practitioners can give Shakeel Aziz a call on 07757 010952 to have a chat,  also visit us at:

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IDL- Literacy (Dyslexia) (Ascentis Awarding)

What does it do?

IDL is a multi-sensory intervention program that uses sight, sound, touch and voice with repetition to increase spelling and reading abilities. It is individually tailored to each student and promotes independent learning allowing for larger intervention groups. IDL is very simple to use and makes monitoring progress easy for tutors and parents. Schools who currently use IDL have reported that pupils’ reading and spelling ages increase on average by around 11 months after just 26 hours of use. They have also noticed improved confidence and self-esteem, which has transferred into other areas of school life.

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More on apprenticeships - earn while you learn

In recent years, apprenticeships have become very popular and much publicised as an alternative career pathway.

Learn, earn and get hands-on experience at the same time. Apprentices can:

  • Get a real job and continue their education up to degree level.
  • Earn a competitive salary while all their training is paid for.
  • Gain hands-on experience and learn skills that employers want, helping shape their future career.
  • Choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering to nursing, and law to design.

Information and a multitude of opportunities can be found both locally and nationally:

It's also a good idea to search social media using the following hashtags:

#ApprenticeshipsWork

#EarnWhileYouLearn

National Autistic Society EarlyBird and Earlybird Plus Training for Autism

We are a charity in Bradford/Airedale and Wharfedale who are currently running 2 training courses within Bradford for children who have a diagnosis of Autism.  

The first one, Earlybird, is for children who are preschool age (2-5).  EarlyBird Plus is for children aged 4-9 and a place is also offered to the school setting to support the family with a consistency of approach between home and school.

We have been running the Earlybird Plus for the last 15 years or so in Bradford alongside SALT, the ASD Team at SEN support and various other professionals.  the course is free of charge.  We have also recently received funding to do the Earlybird course for pre school age children and we may be able to provide a creche should the families need one to attend the course.

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People Matters Preparation for Work Programme

September 2018 - July 2019

Customer Criteria

  • Long-term unemployed
  • Short-term unemployed
  • Mild/moderate learning disability
  • Mental health support needs

This is a 12-week job course for people who need more support on their journey to paid work.  You will work on individual and highly personalised targets which will help you move towards paid work and consists of

  • Identifying own strengths and goal setting
  • Keeping a record of own work
  • Communication skills – talking to new people, conversation skills, making phone calls, giving presentations, giving and receiving feedback
  • Team work
  • Unpaid work in the local area
  • Job searching
  • Making job enquiries
  • Completing applications – written and online
  • CV writing
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Interview preparation and practice – mock interview
  • You will also take part in a mini Enterprise task, by planning and organising their own celebration event for the end of the course.
  • You will be supported by a job coach to find a work placement, in order to gain work experience.
  • The group is supported by a teaching assistant from People Matters.
  • There is no exam – progress is recorded by compiling a folder of all the tasks and work completed, keeping a work journal of the activities and contributing to an Individual Learning Plan.

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The BBC’s new talent disability recruitment portal

The BBC are committed to increasing the number of people with disabilities working at the BBC and have created the Extend Hub as the BBC’s new talent disability recruitment portal.

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