A Stoke-on-Trent college is urging Staffordshire businesses not to ignore the skills of young people with disabilities.
Strathmore College, based at Trentham, provides study programmes for young people aged 16 to 25 years-old who may have either leaning difficulties or disabilities.
Students with autism, downs syndrome, mental health issues, communication difficulties or other health related issues are taught at the college.
Strathmore already works with a number of major employers in the area including JCB, Synectics Solutions, the NHS and Hobby Craft to provide jobs and work placements for its pupils.
They’re now encouraging more firms to come forward and consider employing a young person with a disability after it was revealed that, nationally, only 6 percent of those with a learning disorder will find work.
Strathmore has recently held an employers’ forum at the JCB Visitors Centre at its headquarters in Uttoxeter to showcase the talents these young people have and the skills they can bring to the workplace.
Strathmore College Principal Kate Ward said: “These young people want the right to work. They want to be valued just like everyone else.
“They have enough barriers to face on a day-to-day basis, this should be one they do not have to think about.”
Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton, who attended the employers’ forum agreed it was wrong that so few young people with learning disabilities find a job: “Many employers are surprised when they do employ someone with a disability or learning difficulty, what potential they have.
“Because, actually, many of these young people are better than their existing employees – in fact many have said that their dedication, their commitment to the job, is much better than other employees.”
More information on Strathmore College can be found here: https://www.priorychildrensservices.co.uk/find-a-location/strathmore-college-stoke-