By Pete Kent
By Pete Kent
By Ian Dean
Today was the first day of the ecdp Works Course. As the masterminds behind the programme, Dennis Preston and Rachel Vipond opened with several introductions before the CEO of ECDP, Mike Adams, spoke about how beneficial the course could be. We were then asked to introduce ourselves to the person next to us, answering six questions about who we were. When we were done, we then introduced that person to the rest of the room. Rachel, Dennis, and the various course mentors around the room also took part in all the activities.
On the first day of the programme, participants discussed the prospect of finding work.This discussion was really useful, as it brought together the participants, the ecdp staff and the mentors, who will be supporting participants throughout the course.
Everyone talked about their individual journey so far in 'finding that job'.
PCG is an American consultancy firm.There full name is Public Consulting Group, Inc.In September 2014, ecdp and PCG announced a new strategic partnership.
A donation of £20,000 was made to ecdp, and with this donation PCG is making possible this ecdp Works programme entirely for those who experience a Learning Disability.
Less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability work, but at least 65% of people with a learning disability want to work*.
We believe that with the right support, people with Learning Disabilities can reach their employment aspirations.For employers, it is an opportunity to tap into a wider talent pool.Our fifth cycle of ecdp Works began on Monday 10 November 2014.
Over the past few months, local Essex organisations have hosted ecdp Works participants. The impact has been astounding.
Companies have not only saved on recruitment costs, increased their productivity levels and raised awareness of disability within their work places, they have gained a deeper insight into the importance of being Disability Confident.
The fourth ecdp Works programme has now come to an end. We spent last week hosting an intensive training week to finish off the course, and we discussed some top interview tips.
In this blog Rachel, ecdp Works Project Manager, shares her top five tips...
I met with Jody to talk about his work experience placement with Essex Police. Here is his story...
Jody has already secured an interview following completion of the ecdp Works programme.
Jody spent his placement with Essex Police, and specifically with the Evidential Media Unit. This involved dealing with evidence, and processing the multimedia side of this important work. This often meant taking pictures, and processing images from CCTV and other sources.
Thursday 07 July 2016 is THE BIG HEALTH DAY from 10am to 3pm.
Disability Essex provided advice, support and a place to socialise for disabled people, their families and carers since 1949 but has closed due to financial difficulties.
Dust off your blue suede shoes, brylcreem your quiff and get ready to Party with Elvis on 07 May!