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This is me! Read the stories of our very own children and young people.

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Ryan’s success story. An apprenticeship and employment

“Ryan’s hard work has resulted in him securing a permanent position in his dream job.”

Norma Yarborough, Supported Employment Team Leader

Ryan who has Aspergers Syndrome passed his Level 2 Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship, gaining a Merit and securing sustained employment with Vulnerable Adult Day Services.

Ryan said, “I was over the moon when I found out that I passed with a merit.”

Ryan has always shown determination to succeeed while overcoming barriers relating to his Aspergers Syndrome. When Ryan left college he worked hard to get his degree in Sport and Exercise Science at University.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ryan was eager to prove he had the qualities and skills to succeed in gaining his apprenticeship.

Ryan’s caring and passionate nature serves him well while helping people through his work. On a daily basis he supports people with learning disabilities, enables service users to participate in group activities, and assist them to make informed decisions to so they can live more indepdently.

Norma Yarborough, Supported Employment Team Leader said, “I am very proud of Ryan and all that he has achieved.

“He has displayed courage and commitment to overcome many personal barriers and he is now more confident in his own abilities both personally and professionally.”

“Ryan’s hard work has resulted in him securing a permanent position in his dream job.”

Ryan said, “I would like to thank the continued support from all the staff of Employability Services for making this employment possible.

“[I would also like to thank] the staff of Day Services for their continued support throughout, none of this could of been possible without you all, so thank you very much, you have done a fantastic job.”

How Supported Employment assisted Ryan on his employment journey

Norma Yarborough, Supported Employment Team Leader at Care Plus Group said, “I supported Ryan with all aspects of job search like looking on job websites, registering and uploading his CV onto the DWP job website, and helping him to complete his application form for job vacancies.

“I also supported Ryan with mock interview practice for the Apprentice Support Worker role to prepare him for the interview.

“Ryan was anxious about entering a new environment and was also nervous about what would be expected of him during the training session. Being with Ryan made him more comfortable so he was able to concentrate on the training.

“Throughout Ryan’s apprenticeship, Supported Employment held regular reviews with him and his supervisor. These reviews gave everyone an opportunity to discuss Ryan’s progress and ensure that everything was going well for him, as well as an opportunity to address any areas of concerns.

“Everyone has their own individual needs and by offering our support Supported Employment were able to help Ryan get the best start in his working role”.

Read more about local opportunities for education, training, and employment including supported training and employment on the Children and Young People’s page.


Faith’s story – Working towards independence

This is Faith, who has a profound loss of vision and uses Braille, tactile resources and a long cane to enable her to move around and work independently alongside her peers. All these skills were supported throughout lockdown by her Specialist TA Miss Maeers and the specialist trained staff who form the Vision team.

In the picture Faith is using her electronic BrailleNote Touch (BNT) to work independently alongside her peers producing her work in Braille. Her work is downloaded on to the BNT for her to listen to or read with her fingers. She then produces her work in Braille and this appears in print on both the small screen on the worktop beside her and on the tablet below the Braille keys.

This way the teacher can read in print what Faith is Brailling ‘live’ in class while Miss Maeers is preparing work for lessons later in the week. Faith has worked really hard to learn all the ‘Additional VI Curriculum’ skills she has and new skills will continue to be taught so that she can grow to become an independent young woman.

Returning to school after lockdown with all the new ways of
working has been a challenge for all the pupils on our caseload, but with the right support our aim is for our students to grow in confidence and independence and reach their full potential. Faith is one of our many successful students and her family wanted us to share her story to demonstrate what can be achieved with the right support.


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