Deaf & Disabled Careers Fair is a huge success
Published: Sep 17th, 2016
“The second Deaf and Disability Careers Fair held on 9 September 2016 in Bristol was a success with over 20 organisations taking part including leading employers such as Ernst and Young, Liverpool Victoria, the Mall Cribbs Causeway, and various supporting charities. Over 100 deaf and disabled people took part in the day, which was organised by Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie in conjunction with Deaf Unity.
The careers fair provided an excellent opportunity for deaf and disabled people in the community to engage with a range of equal opportunity employers in an accessible environment. Speakers from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the National Careers Service gave talks about their various services such as accessible career support, Access to Work, and the Disability Confident Scheme, which in turn inspired the many employers who were present at the careers fair.
The professionals and the deaf and disabled people involved in this event had the opportunity to network and share ideas and plans for the future.There were also advice sessions on CV writing and the entire day was supported by sign language interpreters and other professionals who aided communication.
Deaf Unity is very grateful for the support of the office of the Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie who contributed many hours to this project through engaging with a huge range of employers. As a result we had many more employers present than during the first Deaf Careers Fair in 2014.
Speaking after the Careers Fair, Ms Leslie said: “This kind of event is vital if employers are to tap into the rich seam of talent that exists in people who are deaf and disabled.
“For too long deaf and disabled people have found it harder than they should to take steps on the employment ladder and we wanted to offer a ‘bespoke’ event which would properly address their needs.
“We were thrilled by the quality of the employers and even more so by the clear value which visitors got out of attending. We will certainly explore the possibility of repeating this in the future and I hope other MPs do likewise in their constituencies.”
Deaf Unity CEO, Adbi Gas added: “A lot of people have told me they never thought about going to a place where they could communicate and overcome barriers by talking to stall holders about job opportunities. They really enjoyed the careers fair and hopefully there will be another event for deaf and disabled people in the future.”
Following the success of the Careers Fair, Deaf Unity is now entering discussions with the National Careers Service and the Disability Confident Scheme of the DWP to develop a range of prospective career and learning and development and recruitment projects for deaf people.
We look forward to working with leading organisations to help shape the future for deaf and disabled people in the world of employment.”
by Alasdair Grant, Deaf Alumni Project Manager
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