UK Athletics: Is committed to being a Disability Confident Leader
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UK Athletics is continuing its collaboration with the Hive College in Birmingham after its successful partnership in 2017. This alliance aims to give young adults a chance to gain valuable work experience. The Hive, places young adults with non-behavioural disabilities with organisations for them to develop their skill set and work towards permanent employment.
Last year, the Communications and Major Events teams welcomed a college student on a six-week placement carrying out a number of roles. The partnership will continue into 2018 with UKA supporting another student in gaining important work experience. Donna Fraser, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at UK Athletics, said: “We are very proud of our commitment as a Disability Confident Leader and I am delighted to continue our work with the Hive College. Last year’s student found the placement incredibly useful; learning new skills and growing in confidence which is very encouraging for all involved. This is one of many initiatives we will be delivering throughout the year around disability. As we move towards a more diverse and inclusive organisation, this is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with the Hive and the remarkable students, who we are learning from too.”
Julie Pallister, placements co-ordinator at the Hive, added: “the students have found the experiences of work very rewarding. it will help them to determine what strengths and skills they have and what vocation they would like to progress in. It is because of the experiences offered by employers and organisations like UK Athletics that have led to 80 per cent of our students progressing into paid employment.”
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