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Work Experience: Information for Disabled Students/Graduates

Employers are becoming increasingly more positive about employing disabled graduates. This is because organisations recognise that employing disabled people within the workforce has many benefits, including: offering more choice in recruitment; bringing different life experiences, expertise and skills to the organisation; and enabling employers to identify positive changes, which will benefit other staff as well as employees with disabilities and health conditions.

For more information, see:  TargetJobs &  Graduate Prospects

  • Do-It - The Do-it website is a brilliant source of information on volunteering. There is a section of advice for disabled volunteers and you can search for opportunities and find details of your local Volunteer Centre.
  • BBC Extend Scheme - Extend is a BBC-wide work placement scheme which offers appropriately qualified disabled people a great opportunity to gain a 6 months (24 weeks) paid work placement within the BBC. Extend placements can be in London or at many of their other locations across the UK.
  • Civil Service - Diversity Fast Stream - The Summer Placement scheme is a 6-8 week work placement that runs across July and August. It is open to undergraduates and graduates with disabilities with the aim of introducing trainees to the interesting and varied challenges of life in the UK Civil Service. Trainees are placed in a range of government departments and undertake the type of work that Fast Streamers do.
  • National Council for Work Experience - This site has lots of information and advice on Work Experience, including a section on Work Experience for people with disabilities. You can also search for placements on the site.
  • Skill - Skill is the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities. They provide a free information and advice service by email or telephone, there is also lots of information relating to employment on their website.
  • RADAR – The disability rights people: Doing things differently: How to make a success of your career. Useful downloadable publication