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 the 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.
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.
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 career resources you can apply to volunteer with our campaigns network Trailblazers, who also offer work experience opportunities.
For more information about placements, events and career resources, contact Emma Vogelmann, on MovingUp@musculardystrophyuk.org.