Disability Employability Event 2018

This first ever offering provides a fabulous opportunity to all our undergraduates and graduates to get everything you need under one roof to boost your employability and job prospects. A collaboration of disability inclusive employers, established charities and our own supportive internal agencies have been brought together to offer job opportunities, placements, careers information, advice, guidance, reassurance and inspiration. 








10:00 – 10:30

Career opportunities for Disabled Students

Jo Terry and Kathy Hopkin

Statistics endorse the fact that graduates from our University are among the most employable in the country. The Workplace and Speed play a pivotal role in helping our undergraduates and graduates secure full-time/part-time jobs, placements, internships, voluntary work, self – employment and international placements. Come and listen to the experts who will guide you through the range of opportunities available, how to register and move quickly in an ever-competitive labour market.      

The Venue, MD Building, City Campus


10:40 – 11:10

Placements for Disabled Students with Top UK Companies

Michelle Impanni  from Leonard Cheshire’s Change 100 Programme


It is becoming increasingly difficult to get the job of your choice without some work experience in the relevant field. Change100’s mission is to match UK’s top employers with talented disabled students and graduates and offer three months of paid work experience. To date Change100 has collaborated with over 90 employers across the UK to host interns including Barclays, the BBC, Skanska, Lloyds and Taylor Wimpey. Make sure you don’t miss this unique chance to find out more.

The Venue, MD Building, City Campus


11:20 – 11:50

Disclosing your Disability to an Employer

Alison Desborough 

For anyone who has a visible or hidden disability, it can be a major issue in whether, when and how to disclose this information when completing application forms, attending interviews or in employment. It may not be appropriate for every person to disclose their disability, because some people may feel that this has no relevance to the job they are applying for. It is also natural to fear that some employers will see a disability as potentially problematic.  Alison Desborough will advise you and take your questions on when and how best to disclose your disability.

The Venue, MD Building, City Campus


12:00 – 12:30

Developments in Disability Benefits and Support Programmes

Susan Blewitt and Dave Jones, Disability Employment Advisers from Wolverhampton Jobcentre Plus

Government legislation on benefits and support programmes are subject to change on a regular basis. If you have a registered disability, it is vital that you are fully aware of the most recent regulations, benefit entitlement and the support you may receive in the workplace. Experts from the Job Centre will provide information, advice and take your questions.

The Venue, MD Building, City Campus


12:40 – 13:10

Employability Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Adam Breeze from BID Services (Birmingham Institute for the Deaf)


BID Services provide support to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing to access education, employment and training opportunities. The organisation works very closely with employers to overcome barriers to employment and inequalities faced by deaf people in the labour market. BID website alludes us to the fact that 1 in 4 Deaf and Hard of Hearing people are out of work. To find out more about the services offered by BID, book a place on this workshop.

The Venue, MD Building, City Campus


13:20 – 13:50

Dyslexia and Employability

Donna Stevenson, Training and Conference Manager from British Dyslexia Association


Did you know that at least 10 % of the population are dyslexic?   The BDA provides support for people with dyslexia across the UK as a large percentage of employers  do not understand what it is, the difficulties the condition presents or even how best to support their employees.  One of the BDA’s main aims is to enable people with dyslexia to achieve their potential within the workplace.  This session will cover issues, such as: how dyslexia impacts on adults in the workplace, reoccurring challenges faced by those in employment and signposting to what the BDA can offer.  If you want to learn more and have your questions answered please book a place.

The Venue, MD Building, City Campus