Are you a young disabled person living in London and looking for employment support or an organisation looking to broaden your employment opportunities?
Find out more about our Moving Up employability project.
In our investigation into young disabled people’s access to employment, Trailblazers, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s young disabled campaigners network, found that over half of their ‘Right to Work’ survey participants had experienced barriers when looking for work experience.
In response, Trailblazers developed the Moving Up project. We offer placements, events and careers resources to young disabled people, as well as working with project partners, to improve employment opportunities.
Disabled Londoners aged 16-30 receive mentoring, support and hands- on work experience in a range of departments, including:
- Communications and PR
- Digital and Social Media
- Policy and Campaigns
We offer flexibility in length of placement, hours and the possibility of remote working. If you need equipment to make the workplace accessible our project has a small fund to buy the equipment you need to do the best job possible.
Participant Jack McLellan, who went on to the permanent position of HR Assistant, advised young disabled people:
If possible come on the Moving Up project. Work experience is a safe environment to test what adjustments you need and what working hours you can do. There are so many different departments on offer there’s something relevant to everyone.”
Ongoing Employment Support
After the project we want to stay in touch. We offer various opportunities to make sure that your training does not stop when you leave our doors. You will be invited to take part in the following opportunities:
- External placements: We work with a network of external partners to provide further placements
- Mentoring and careers advice
- Moving Up Booster Days: These sessions are packed with a range of professional speakers and interactive skills activities and are open to young disabled people not involved in Moving Up
- Careers resources: In our online Careers Spotlight series we quiz successful professionals who have a disability or work in a related field, to share their experiences and advice for young disabled people.
Ronit Himatlal, 23, said of one of our Booster Days:
The Employment Skills Workshop was one my favourite parts of my summer placement at Muscular Dystrophy UK. I heard vital information on how to improve my skills to gain employment, developed my multi-tasking skills and broadened my knowledge of employment issues relating to disability.
We’re always on the look out to partner with a range of companies and professionals to provide external placements for our participants, speakers at events, mentors and interviewees.
We can offer help and support in offering placements, expert advice on recruiting people with disabilities and the opportunity to contribute to improving opportunities for young disabled people.
Paul Stevens, Financial Management Manager at Santander Consumer PLC, said on taking on a Moving Up participant:
We at Santander Consumer Finance are delighted to be taking on Trailblazer Ravi Mehta for a three-month placement in our finance department. We value different personal and professional experiences in our team, and we look forward to working with Ravi and seeing what he will bring to the office.
The City Bridge Trust also funds Trailblazers to conduct policy work on disabled employment. The work is a result of an unchanging disability employment gap and our recognition of the talent that disabled people are able and willing to bring to the workforce.
We work with young disabled people and employers to identify the barriers to employment. Through Working Groups we gather evidence to create policy recommendations for MPs and other key decision-makers on what they can do to get more disabled people into work.
We would like to see employment opportunities improve throughout the country and for all ages.
If you live outside of London or are over thirty, we still want to help support you into work. As well as our events and careers resources you can apply to volunteer with our campaigns network Trailblazers, who also offer work experience opportunities.
Please sign up to the Trailblazers here
If you’re a company looking to make a difference to young disabled peoples’ employment prospects and interested in partnering with Moving Up you can download our brochure for partners PDF here.
For more information about placements, events and careers resources, contact Isabel Baylis, on 020 78034821 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or email MovingUp@musculardystrophyuk.org For more information on our policy work please contact Emma Vogelmann on firstname.lastname@example.org.