Tag - Leonard Cheshire

Talented Graduate Gets A Life-Changing Chance Through Disability Placement Programme

Charity turning a tide of disability employment gap in Northern Ireland. Queen’s University Belfast graduate Anna Lawrenson was scared to enter the labour market. That was until she was given a life changing opportunity with Leonard Cheshire’s Grad Employ programme. “I was still unsure of myself and my capabilities. I was quite scared actually,“ said Anna Lawrenson...

Grad Employ Programme Helps Belfast Man With ASD Develop New Skills & Boost Confidence

“I’ve Found Ways To Handle Stress” Says Archeology Graduate With ASD About His Career Journey  Disability project gives Northern Ireland’s university leavers with disability access to dream jobs   By Maia Biermann  Frequently, according to people with a disability, HR managers fail to realise how important it is for such applicants to be able to discuss their conditions...

“We Want to Work Just As Much As Able Bodied People”

Belfast Man With Neuromuscular Condition Offers Insight To Employers and Fellow Graduates Having been excluded from many activities due to a lifelong disability, Belfast man Andrew Bailie, 23, had always felt his career options would not be ample.  “I have had to narrow down the scope of work I was looking for,” Andrew explained. He was...

Belfast Graduate Beating The Stereotypes With Placement

Understanding can lead to success for employee and employer By Jonathan Traynor For Emily Baskerville, her Asperger’s Syndrome came with so many assumptions and stereotypes from prospective employers that getting a job, and more importantly experience, was a challenge. However, thanks to an innovative graduate placement scheme by the health and welfare charity, Leonard Cheshire in partnership...

Pioneering Employment Scheme Opens Up Career Chances of Newry Woman With Crohn’s Disease

“Do not be put off by that word – disability” -  Sarah Fox Urges Fellow Graduates A Newry woman who has been plagued by Crohn’s Disease has revealed how a new grad employment scheme has helped to kick start her career. Sarah Fox, 23, revealed that the chronic health condition she has had since her teens...

Ballymena Man Praises Disability Employment Scheme

"For me, it was a big thing. It was that sigh of relief moment." A graduate with ADHD and social anxiety has secured a paid job placement he loves, leaving behind worries that the condition would hamper his career prospects.   Stephen Baird, 25, was doing his four-month placement with a TV station in Belfast, NVTV, fully...

Scheme To Support Disabled Grads Hailed A Success By Participants

The charity that aims to challenge low employment rates amongst disabled people, Leonard Cheshire, is celebrating the success of a programme that aimed to support graduates in future employment. The scheme, GradEmployNI Programme, which has been funded by HM Treasury through the Renewing Communities Fund, was a bid to turn the tide of poor unemployment...

Graduates Are Gaining Access To Jobs With Pioneering Disability Employment Project

Graduates are kick starting their careers in some of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses and turning the tide of poor unemployment rates for people with disabilities. Leading charity Leonard Cheshire are reaching out to talented university graduates with disabilities who are signing up for the pioneering GradEmployNI Programme which is placing university leavers with leading businesses...