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.

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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.”

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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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7 Responses to “First Ever Deaf Careers Fair: A Big Hit at the London Mayor’s Office”

  1. Olusegun Babatunde says:

    Whom it may concern.

    My first time. I would like to interest to join them in future to show my exhibition. I hope your provide me some information. I appreciated it.

  2. Chastity says:

    What an awesome idea and event. I would love to see more job fairs like these especially in the United States. Thank you for your inspiration and good luck with your continued success of more fairs.

  3. cynthia woroniecki says:

    Just curious are there any job fairs in the U.S.? Doing a report on open job opportunities in the housing market, construction, building, maitenance and find that it is extremely hard of openings for our DDHH friends who would like to make it their career Any suggestions mail me at woronieckicynthia@yahoo.com

  4. Kane Joyce says:

    Please advise of any future Job fairs for remaining 2014-2015.

    Thank You

  5. james byrne says:

    Hi, your careers fair sounds brilliant , any possibility of one for Belfast or any ideas for deaf people here. keep up the brilliant work

  6. Alasdair Grant says:

    Dear all,

    Further information on career development opportunities are published regularly on Deaf Unity’s Deaf Unity Employment Network Group page on Facebook. Check on this group for details of useful career development advice found throughout the internet. This group is a self-help group for advice on seeking employment opportunities.

    Regards,
    Alasdair Grant
    Deaf Unity Alumni Project Manager
    Deaf Unity

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