Supporting young people with hearing loss in to education, training or employment
Securing employment, training or education opportunities can be extremely challenging for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss as many continue to be disadvantaged and not supported to reach their full potential – for example, the average deaf child leaves high school with a reading age of nine.
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland provides a specialist ‘On the Move’ transitions service, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, which supports 16-25 year olds who are deaf or have a hearing loss in central Scotland to take up work experience and move in to full-time employment, training or education.
'On the Move' also helps to build the confidence of young people and provides one-to-one or group support to gain life skills and achieve their personal goals. Every young person is different and ‘On the Move’ provides a personalised service to meet the individual needs of each client. An independent evaluation of the project showed that more than 70% of clients have progressed to a positive destination.
The project holds a series of events to enable young people to gain life-changing information in accessible formats. Download the events calendar(PDF 290kb, opens in new window) for full details.
'On the Move' runs a weekly job club in Glasgow where young people who are deaf or have a hearing loss come together to provide peer support and learn job search and interview skills that aid them towards achieving their goals.
The project also runs a college preparation course, in partnership with City of Glasgow College, where the young people experience life as a college student for a week. ‘On the Move’ supports clients who want to study by working with their intended college to ensure that appropriate communication support (e.g. British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters or electronic note-takers) is in place.
Support is also provided to college students who are deaf or have a hearing loss to help improve their English and Maths skills.
‘Mind Buzz’, which is run in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance and The Pacific Institute, gives young deaf people the chance to look at their goals, build confidence and step outside their comfort zone – including changing negative for positive thoughts which are more likely to help deliver a brighter future. The events also include team building exercises where the young people learn the importance of asking the right questions before making decisions.
Working with employers
‘On the Move’ also works with employers and service providers to ensure that their recruitment processes are accessible for young people who are deaf or have a hearing loss and to raise awareness of the support that is available to help communication with young employees who have a hearing loss.
In November 2013, the project launched ‘Sound Advice’, a free information pack which provides employers with best practice guidance on how to make recruitment processes are accessible for applicants who are deaf or have a hearing loss and how to make the ‘reasonable adjustments’ that are required by the Equality Act 2010 for employees with hearing loss. Visit the Sound Advice page for further details.
Find out more
For more information, contact Employment Adviser, Barbra Woodburn:
Telephone: 0141 341 5346
Textphone: 0141 341 5350
Fax: 0141 354 0176