Thursday, 10 May 2012

Young Disabled People Put Their Talent On Show At Employment Information Event

More than 60 young people with disabilities were given an opportunity to showcase their talents at an employment information event in St Ives.

The Talk About Employment event was run by Pinpoint Cambs which has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council to support the participation of service users, parents and carers in the planning and delivery of services designed to support young people as they move between children and adult services.

The day was deemed to be a great success with 40 employers providing details of job opportunities and the County Council giving information on employment and training it offers to disabled people as a major employer in Cambridgeshire.

County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Martin Curtis, said: "Many of the young people brought along their CVs and showcased their talents and abilities proving that young people with additional needs can contribute to the workforce as much as their non-disabled peers."

Among the organisations attending were Anson Packaging, Sainsbury, the National Child Minding Association, Red2Green, Branching Out, Burwell Print and the Papworth Trust. A similar event is planned in the Cambridge area for later in the year.

The event was opened by County Councillor Shona Johnstone who Chairs the Transitions Board, who said: "The day was a great success and I would like to thank all the employers who came along and also particularly the young people and their parents and carers for the enthusiastic support they gave to this important event."