As part of the company’s ‘Be the Change’ volunteering initiative, a team from Remploy’s Employment Services branch in Leeds has helped pupils at a local high school gain vital experience of job interviews.
The nine-strong group from Remploy, a leading provider of specialist recruitment services for disabled and disadvantaged people, spent time at the Ralph Thoresby school on the outskirts of Leeds. Over the course of a day they provided pupils with advice and guidance about getting a job and held mock job interviews with more than 30 enthusiastic sixth formers.
Remploy was one of a number of organisations invited to attend the careers day organised by Ahead Partnership, a social enterprise that works with the public and private sector to foster social and economic regeneration. Its Make the Grade programme is a unique initiative focused on driving up pupils’ aspirations whilst creating sustainable long-term partnerships between schools and businesses.
“Be the Change is a company-wide volunteering programme where Remploy colleagues are encouraged to take part in community initiatives,” said Ithfaq Hussain, Remploy’s branch manager in Leeds. “Our aim in speaking to Ralph Thoresby pupils was to encourage them to aim high, by helping them understand how job interviews are structured and how they must be prepared to sell themselves and their skills in a very short time.”
Pete Gibson, Business Manager at the Ralph Thoresby School added: "I would like to thank Remploy for supporting our careers day. The team from the local branch provided year 10 students with an insight into the type of employment opportunities that exist for people, whether they are disabled or non-disabled, and the skills they will need when they leave school and enter the world of work.”
Since it was launched more than a year ago, Be the Change has seen Remploy employees going out into their communities helping with a range of initiatives, including encouraging young disabled people to play sport in Bradford, transforming a plot of land in Leicester into a disability-friendly garden, and decorating a house for homeless people in Hull.
Picture caption: Employees from Remploy’s Leeds branch dispense careers advice to pupils from Ralph Thoresby
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Notes to editors:
- In the last four years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 50,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
- Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
- Employment Services has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
- It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services
- Remploy ES partners with more than 2,500 of the country’s biggest employers including BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s, the NHS and Marks & Spencer
- It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers.