'*EmployAbility - Let's Work Together*'
Employability is an Internship Program that +National Grid UK
started two years ago to give school leavers with learning disabilities the opportunity to not only experience work but also find full time employment. At the end of each year, any student that shows the aptitude to work and contribute to the business is offered the opportunity to take a full time, paid position with the company, something some of these lads and lasses never thought possible.
This not only benefits the students but also the employees at National Grid by giving them the confidence to understand a person's abilities rather seeing their disability which helps tear down barriers for disabled people to fulfill their potential in the work place.
To give some context only about 7% of people with learning disabilities ever make it into paid employment but with the help of programmes like this, hopefully many more people will be able to realise their potential and contribute grow in ways they never believed possible. This doesn't just help them professionally but also socially which is another thing many people with any disability can struggle with. So at the end of May National Grid shared the model with more than 50 other major organisations which will hopefully help more people with learning disabilities around the country to have the same opportunities as those that have joined our teams at National Grid.