Some of the region’s biggest businesses which have gone the extra mile to provide opportunities for people with disabilities will be celebrated at an awards night.
Companies including Smith & Nephew and MPH Fulfilment are up for honours at the This-Ability Employer Awards 2018, which will be held at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday, May 10.
Comedian, journalist and star of Channel Four’s ‘The Last Leg’ Alex Brooker has been confirmed on the line-up, and will give a humorous talk on the subject of disability on the night.
Andy Crossland, chief executive officer at Humber Learning Consortium (HLC), the lead partner of the This Ability partnership, said: “This celebration event is about continuing to raises awareness, it’s about inclusivity.
“Having people working with us who have learning disabilities or differences breaks down barriers, otherwise you become a group of very similar people, with very similar skills and that’s quite boring frankly.”
Awards on the night include the Most Inclusive Large Employer, an Employee Award and the Most Influential Employer.
Here are some success stories about people with disabilities who have secured work in Hull businesses:
Daniel, 19 - Siemens Gamesa
Daniel has an internship at Siemens Gamesa
Current intern Daniel, 19, moved to Hull from Scotland in 2000, and has been diagnosed with autism.
He secured a five day-a-week internship working both with Siemens Gamesa in an admin role, and with ISS Cleaning working in the blade factory.
Daniel said: “I used to find it difficult when there was a change in my routines and it was always hard to express my feelings when I was younger. I still tend to get anxious quite a lot.
“At college, I found it really frustrating when some members of my group were not so sensible. I heard about the possibility of doing a supported internship at Siemens Gamesa, and was invited to do taster days.”
Daniel said he felt he had become “a lot more grown up” since starting at the renewables company, and was “proud of being an intern.”
Katie - MPH Fulfilment
Katie secured a job at MPH Fulfilment in Hull
Katie has both mild autism and a mild learning disability, and has recently started a job as a shrink wrap operator at the Hull company.
She said: My confidence is going up and my skills are getting more pronounced.
“I put about my disability on my CV when I applied for it, and was asked how I learn, so I said about showing me what to do.
“Everything’s changed, I signed off, no work programme, and it feels good.”
Marc Henderson, company director at MPH Fulfilment, said of Katie: “The days Katie has been here so far she has been a breath of fresh air, it’s been lovely.
“It’s really important that whoever you employ is employed for their value…I would have been lost without it.”
Jonathan - Talent Match Humber
Jonathan flourished at Talent Match Humber
After Jonathan left university, his depression and anxiety disorder became more severe due to a lack of routine and support.
He started his journey with Talent Match Humber as a beneficiary, and after unsuccessfully applying for one internship, secured one on his second attempt.
“Talent Match came back to me and told me about the role, but instead of taking me through the same interview process as before I was given a work interview, where I would be trailed in a more practical nature to assess my competencies for the role,” Jonathan said.
“Without getting the chance to prove myself in a work interview I would have really struggled like I have previously to secure work.”
Jonathan has since completed his internship with no sick days, and his success has led to him securing full-time employment with Toby Carvery.