First Ever Deaf Careers Fair: A Big Hit at the London Mayor’s Office
Published: May 8th, 2014
THE FIRST ever careers fair for deaf people has been hailed as a major success by disability rights campaigners.
More than 140 deaf and hard of hearing people attended the event which sought to link up qualified deaf graduates with equal opportunities employers.
The fair, held at City Hall, was organised by Deaf Unity which campaigns to improve access to education and employment for deaf people.
Deaf Unity CEO Abdi Gas, part of the London Leaders programme, said he was delighted the event, on May 7th, had been such a success:
He said: “The purpose of the fair was to bridge the gap between skilled, yet underemployed, deaf individuals and organisations that were positive about reaching out to gain a more inclusive workforce. “This was a great start and proves that the appetite is there for deaf people and employers to work together.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson commented on the importance of this event for the deaf community. The Mayor said: “Abdi has worked tirelessly as a London Leader to improve access for skills training in the deaf community and I’m glad that this excellent careers fair is helping more people access the jobs and employment opportunities London has to offer.”
The event was kicked off by Paul Burstow MP, who was followed by Terry Day, Manager of the GLA Diversity and Social Policy Unit, and Tracey Abbots, from the Business Disability Forum, who talked about the role of disability and the business forum.
Tracie Redshaw from Clarion also spoke, explaining about the Government’s Work Programme and Work Choice.
The Association of Graduate Recruiters was represented by their CEO, Stephen Isherwood, who talked about what employers really want from prospective staff. Legal information was divulged by Jeff Brattan Wilson from the Royal Deaf Association regarding the Equality Act and how it applies to deaf people. The day was rounded off by a personal tale from Mark Nelson, a deaf entrepreneur from the hugely successful Remark!
Deaf Unity are always looking for organisations who want to work with us on our common goals of empowerment and inclusion. Please do let us know if you have any opportunities we can collaborate on.
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