College teams up with big name companies to help disabled students into work

A UK college has implemented a new programme to support students with physical and learning disabilities on their journey towards a successful career.

Milton Keynes College has formed a partnership with several prominent companies across the UK – including Bosch, Currys PC World, Tesco and Holiday Inn – in a bid to find and secure work placements for young adults living with a range of disabilities.

Through its Internships Programme, the college is hoping to get students with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy and moderate learning difficulties into permanent work.

The scheme, which was set up by the Department for Education in 2015/16 and trialled by the college last year, has previously proved to be a success.

This year, Milton Keynes College says that it expects to see a 100 per cent success rate, while is hoped that many students who enrolled on the programme in 2016/17 will gain permanent employment following the voluntary positions they started at leading companies last year.

Commenting, Pippa Bruckland, lead jobs coach at the college, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the success of the programme and have had fantastic feedback from learners and employers alike.”