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RIWC_PARA_A037 National Grid and Employability


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RIWC_PARA_A037 National Grid and Employability

  1. 1. Hinckley newsletter: September - November 2014 25 October 2016 Making connections that matter Becky Easterbrook, Site lead Taurai Horton, Graduated intern
  2. 2. Introducing National Grid Regulated energy company UK • National Gas and Electricity transmission networks • Gas Distribution – 10 million customers • Interconnectors, metering and LNG terminal at Grain US • East coast – New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island • End-to-end service • 3.4 million customers for electricity • 3.6 million customers for gas
  3. 3. Context: Why change is so desperately needed - Employment rates A rich source of hidden and untapped talent Only 6% of students with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) achieve paid employment 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% LDD Disabled Non-disabled Employment Rates
  4. 4. EmployAbility – Our Mission 4 EmployAbility – Our Mission To provide Supported Internships for young people with special educational needs & disabilities aged 17 – 25
  5. 5. 5 Develop new skills Build their confidence Gain paid employment Big impact – low cost
  6. 6. 6 Partner with Special Schools Provide Supported Internships Job Coaches funded by Government “Employment ready” recruits How it works – Our model
  7. 7. What do you need to make it happen? 7 A room in which to base the job coaches and interns Management lead at each site Job coach uniforms Executive or senior sponsorNetwork of sponsors providing placements (including your supply chain as appropriate) Communications lead raising profile in business Laptops/PC for job coaches (& interns if appropriate) “Doers” – for example, graduates or mentors who will lead activities such as arranging ‘taster days’ Partnership with HR to agree open interview process for vacancies etc. Cost - £500/intern
  8. 8. Benefits to the company  Inspiration – seeing young people with personal challenges break through barriers inspires staff to see business challenges in a different light  It needs no full time employee(s) managing it – volunteers lead and support it. Their personal satisfaction and development grows  It connects us to our local communities  We build positive partnerships within our business and bring together people from different departments  Job coaches are the hub and make it easy for the business to adopt  It makes our employees feel ‘confident’ about disability 8
  9. 9. 9 My story - Taurai Horton, Graduated intern
  10. 10. 10 My primary school – Ridgeway My secondary school – Round Oak
  11. 11. 11 My internship with National Grid
  12. 12. 12 My first job – Safety & Environmental Standards Team
  13. 13. 13 My progression From creating timelines/ action plans…
  14. 14. 14 …to producing business cases
  15. 15. 15 Why did I tell you this? Big Impact – Low Cost