This week Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) teams across the length and breadth of the country are celebrating #AJobForEverybody.
In a similar vein to the hugely successful #NoWrongPath campaign, this week's campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of barriers into employment. Whether the barrier is due to disability, gender or ethnicity; DYW are encouraging organisations to share their journey into employment and their impact.
Two of the YE Scotland team that faced barriers to employment are Kelsie and Lucy. Now employed within the organisation as Executives, both came through the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations(SCVO) Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme.
CJS helps to create employment opportunities for young people aged 16 to 29 who face disavantages in the job market.
Some of the young people who have benefited from CJS may be care experienced, have criminal convictions, be disabled or face long term health conditions. So far, CJS have supported more than 8,000 young people into employment with more than 600 partner organisations.
DYW are using this week to encourage employers to share the experiences of their staff who have faced adversity in accessing employment through traditional means.
When Kelsie joined our team on work experience as part of an EY Foundation programme, she was looking to get into employment but was facing challenges due to being a young mum. After having her daughter at 17, she realised the difficulties of working while juggling her role as a mum.
After joining our team on a part-time basis as a Programmes Assistant and then Volunteer Co-ordinator we've managed to successfully develop a role where she's able to work flexibly to ensure that when needed she can be there for her daughter.
Lucy joined the YES team in 2016 after graduating from University. After suffering with back pain and nerve damage as a side effect from Scoliosis surgery she found a part-time role within our organisation working on Digital Communications and has since grown and diversified her role to become a Digital Content and Programmes Executive.
By offering the opportunity to work flexibly and providing continued opportunities to develop, Lucy can only support #AJobForEverybody.
Coming to YES through CJS was an important step for me at that time in my life. Since then I have been supported to grow and develop while working in an environment that understands I have a limit to what I can do physically.
The organisation has been supportive when attending appointments and allows me to work flexibly when needed. It's something that many other employers could benefit from offering, if a role doesn't require you to be at a desk in an office five days each week, there's no real need for individuals to have to.
As much an employers can be disability aware,there can be a grey area that can be a real barrier into employment
We're looking forward to seeing how other organisations have supported their team in overcoming adversity and broken down barriers into sustainable employment opportunities.
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