Appeal to firms to join charity work placement scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:45 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

STUDENTS with learning and physical difficulties need employers in Times Territory to give them work placements. That was the message from the disability charity Hertfordshire PASS, which is calling for companies to offer employment experience through its

STUDENTS with learning and physical difficulties need employers in Times Territory to give them work placements.

That was the message from the disability charity Hertfordshire PASS, which is calling for companies to offer employment experience through its Workability scheme.

The charity, which is based in WGC, is running the scheme in conjunction with Oaklands College.

The project, that requires businesses to sign up, has already proved successful.

Kelly Laville, 17, an Oaklands College student with autism, started a work experience placement at the Marie Curie shop.

The WGC girl said: "I've learnt quite a lot and it's given me more confidence."

Yvonne Lunn, 70, a volunteer at Marie Curie, said she was happy to be involved with the project.

"Kelly has been very helpful unpacking goods that come in. I think this project is a very good idea."

Murray Bradburn, who runs the Workability project, added: "By taking part in this scheme, employers can make a vital difference to students with learning or physical challenges.

"We offer full support to employers and only ask for a minimum time commitment.

"Placements can be as little as one morning or afternoon."

For more information contact Murray on 01707 321442 or murray@hertspass.com

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