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eAbility Newsletter Spring 2011

25 May 2011

If you require this newsletter in a different format, please let us know by contacting info@employ-ability.org.uk

We’re always keen to hear from disabled students or graduates who are looking for internship or job opportunities. Please forward this newsletter to anybody you know who should be on our radar. They can send an email to register@employ-ability.org.uk to be added to our mailing list!

Keep in touch with us by joining EmployAbility on Facebook – we’ll let you know when we’re visiting your university, what new internship opportunities are coming up and a lot more.

Inside this issue

1. EmployAbility News

2. Our current internship and graduate programmes

3. Financial Services Authority/EmployAbility Insight Day

4. EmployAbility Skills Workshops

5. Graduate Recruitment Fairs

6. EmployAbility Ambassador Programme

7. Links to disability employers

8. Recruitment and disability related websites


Hope all our student candidates are all coping well with exam stress – good luck everyone!


Spring and Summer Internship Programmes

Thank you to all of you who applied for our Spring and Summer Internship programmes. Congratulations to those that were successful – competition was fierce, however EmployAbility had a record year in assisting candidates into the internship programmes we ran, which is fantastic considering the current employment conditions. For those that have gained that all important placement though, you need to attend our forthcoming workshop “How to get the most out of your Internship” to make sure you make the most of this great opportunity – see below for further details.

If you weren’t successful this time round, don’t let this discourage you from re-applying for next year’s internship or graduate roles, most of which will be open for you to apply to in June/July. Details of all new opportunities will be posted on our website; www.employ-ability.org.uk/internships

We are always around to answer your questions and advise you on general employment and disability issues and are busy organising workshops and attending Graduate Recruitment Fairs, so do give us a call 07852 764684, drop us an email info@employ-ability.org.uk, or have a chat with us at our stand at the forthcoming fairs.

For this year, we are still recruiting interns for Dow Chemical and Bloomberg, while the FSA, Google, and Herbert Smith and are currently looking for graduate recruits. Have a look at our current Internships and Graduate Programmes section – www.employ-ability.org.uk/internships.

Google EMEA partner

We are very excited to announce we are now partnering with Google to work with them in becoming a top “inclusive” employer, by attracting and retaining disabled talent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise Google’s profile as a disability inclusive employer. We have already run several successful training sessions for their recruiters and have an ever expanding list of internship and graduate opportunities with them – take a look!

Israel Visit

In March, our Managing Director, Tab, visited Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, to see how we could collaborate with them in assisting their students and graduates in the transition from education to employment. We were particularly impressed with the level of support, research and commitment in working with disabled students at Hebrew University and hope to build on the great work they have been doing there. We are hoping to deliver a skills session there very soon.

Equality in Higher Education

A recent report published by the Equality Challenge Unit, gives an encouraging insight into the progress being made by higher education institutions over recent years with regard to equality legislation and best practice. The number of staff and students who feel able to declare a disability has continued to increase, testament to the work institutions have been doing to encourage disclosure.

The latest figures from 2008/09 show that 7.5% of all students disclose a disability, a steady increase from 2003/04 when only 5.5% disclosed. Interestingly, over half of first degree undergraduate students known to have a disability declared that they had a specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia.

However, there is still significantly a lower proportion of disabled graduates (45.0%)attaining full-time paid work on leaving university, compared to other leavers not know to have a disability (51.7%), even though the level of degree attainment for those known to have a disability was only marginally less than those not known to have a disability (first class honours or second class honours attainment for first degree undergraduates 59.8% cf. 62.8%).

We are always keen to deepen our relationships with universities and provide a range of services to university careers/ disability officers, such as Campus Visits and Skills Workshops. During these we can offer 1-to-1 sessions and advice on issues of disclosure, application writing, and other areas. We can work together to improve these statistics – contact us info@employ-ability.org.uk or call 07852 764 684 to find out more. Of if you want to create a direct impact think about becoming an EmployAbility Ambassador at your university – for more information see below.

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Internship and Graduate programmes still open

By applying to any of the programmes listed below through EmployAbility we can offer you support and guidance through the recruitment process and beyond. We currently have the following opportunities with these disability inclusive employers. If you are interested in any of these exciting programmes, you need to apply now as the deadlines are imminent!

Whilst we are no longer taking applications for the majority of our other internship and graduate programmes, keep an eye out in June/ July when we will be opening the application window again for Internships for Summer 2011 – more details on those will be coming up in the Summer edition of our newsletter…..

Internship Programmes:

Graduate Programmes:

Financial Services Authority/EmployAbility Insight Day

Friday 10th June 2011, London

If you are thinking about a career in financial services or if you simply want to find out more about the FSA, the FSA/EmployAbility Insight Day is the right place for you!

This focused one day event will give you the opportunity to engage in the work of the FSA and meet the people at the heart of the business.

The programme will combine a mixture of networking with graduates and business representatives, case studies, to give you an insight into the organisation’s work, and skills sessions delivered jointly by the FSA and EmployAbility, to help you succeed in their assessment processes.

Places are limited, register your interest now!

EmployAbility Skills Workshops

EmployAbility skills workshops are designed to provide you with the key skills, insights and tools needed to succeed in applications to the top graduate employers.

We are soon to be running our “How To Get The Most Out Of Your Internship” workshop, which is invaluable to those that have secured an internship for this summer. This workshop is by invitation only.

Further workshops will be coming up, so please keep checking our Student Workshop section on our website if you want to attend!

Graduate Recruitment Fairs

EmployAbility will be attending the following fairs – come and meet us face to face to discuss your career options! Check our website for details of other graduate fairs we will be attending in the coming months….

National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition – Birmingham

Friday 3 June – Saturday 4 June 2010

11am to 5pm

Here you can meet and network with potential graduate employers from disability inclusive companies to get ahead of the competition and help you towards your dream job. Free features include:

  • Writing your CV
  • Personal careers advice
  • Interview techniques
  • How to complete online job applications
  • Seminars from the professionals
  • Mock assessment centre

…plus, the organisers will give you up to £10* towards your travel expenses if you are a full-time student.

Register now and come and meet us on STAND E70

The University of Manchester Graduate Recruitment Fair

Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 June 2010

10.30am to 4pm

EmployAbility will be attending on both days – come and visit us in the Foyer!

The two–day fair has different exhibitors each day and over 150 exhibitors in total!

  • Students and graduates of all universities welcome!
  • Hundreds of graduate jobs and postgraduate course places
  • Free entry, free careers advice, free coach from Piccadilly train station, free fair guide

Make sure you check the exhibitors on Day One and Day Two carefully to know which exhibitors are attending on which day.

Come and visit us at Stand 102 – we look forward to seeing you!

London Graduate Fair

Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 June 2011

12pm to 5pm

  • 1000’s of jobs
  • Over 80 top employers and training providers
  • Free CV and Application form feedback
  • Comprehensive presentation programme
  • Free to attend

Find out more and pre-register at www.londongradfair.co.uk/summer

Come and visit us on STAND G109

Ambassador Programme

At EmployAbility, we are always keen to hear from students/ graduates who have experienced our services and want to spread the word about the work we do and the internship/ graduate programmes we offer. If you are a natural leader and motivated about helping other disabled students and bringing new opportunities to your peers, a role as an EmployAbility Ambassador will be right for you!

As an EmployAbility Ambassador you will liaise between EmployAbility and your university. The role as an Ambassador is to provide awareness of EmployAbility and may include:

  • Displaying information about our services and promoting our internship and graduate programmes in strategic places, through marketing materials provided by us.
  • Attending EmployAbility events as an EmployAbility representative.
  • Exhibiting at Fresher’s fairs or facilitate an EmployAbility visit to your university for a specific event.
  • Being a point of contact on campus for EmployAbility and build relationships on campus with faculty and student groups.
  • Helping EmployAbility understand your university culture.
  • Inspiring other disabled students at our Skills Workshop and other events.

To be an EmployAbility Ambassador you must be:

  • An undergraduate or postgraduate student at a university in Europe, Middle East or Africa
  • Passionate about EmployAbility and the work we do.
  • Able to help plan and market EmployAbility effectively
  • Actively participate in student life on campus
  • Commit to one or two hours per month for a full academic year


  • Enhance your professional development, leadership, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Include the EmployAbility Ambassador programme on your CV
  • Be first to receive EmployAbility programme details and new marketing information.
  • Exchange best practices with ambassadors from other universities, schools and disciplines.

How to apply: Please contact Claire Martese on 07825 288 119 or email claire.martese@employ-ability.org.uk

Disability Inclusive Employers

We are delighted to work with the following employers who show a commitment to diversity and disability equality.

Recruitment and disability related websites

If you need additional information or guidance on disability issues and recruitment follow this link

Get in touch

Is there anything you would like to see featured in future editions? Or perhaps you would like to see yourself featured in the next edition of eAbility? We would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

Equally, if you are involved in any disability specific or other events, careers fairs, or know of a useful disability or employment website, please tell us about it at: info@employ-ability.org.uk

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