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 ‘Moving On' 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.
'Moving On' 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 ‘Moving On' offers a personalised service to meet the individual needs of each client.
Support is also provided to help improve English and Maths skills.
The project holds a series of events to enable young people to gain life-changing information in accessible formats. Examples of courses the team are planning to run during 2015-16 are:
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 such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters or electronic note-takers is in place.
'Mind Buzz', which is run in partnership with 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.
SQA Employability Award
The Employability Award is an introduction to the world of work and focuses on generic employability skills to enable a successful move to the job market. Each participant who completes the course will receive a recognised certificate from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, which will show a prospective employer that they have the necessary skills for the workplace.
The team will be running other courses throughout the year – contact them at email@example.com for more up to date information.
Working with employers
‘Moving On' 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.
‘Sound Advice’, is 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 the 'Moving On' team:
Telephone: 0141 341 5330
Textphone: 0141 341 5350
Fax: 0141 354 0176