Head of Disability and Well-being Service, London School of Economics

The LSE has successfully worked with EmployAbility to support disabled students in the transition from education to employment over many years. The students that we have suggested contact EmployAbility have always benefitted from the support and advice that EmployAbility have provided. From our perspective, the results speak for themselves – over the last two years, EmployAbility have helped 122 LSE students in their transition into employment, many of whom have gone on to being offered roles on some very competitive internship or graduate programmes with top investment banks, accountancy and law firms.

Earlier on in the academic year, The LSE Disability and Well-being and Careers service ran a very successful event, partnering with EmployAbility, which Goldman Sachs kindly hosted. Of the LSE students that attended the event, 3 went on to successfully obtain Summer Internship roles at Goldman Sachs through EmployAbility. Others who were advised and coached by EmployAbility obtained roles with other employers.

Tab, Sarah and Justin not only understand disability and employment issues, but are supportive and encouraging to students, and play a crucial role in enabling and empowering disabled students to make the job applications that they should be making, based on their abilities rather than their disability. Additionally, EmployAbility are able to provide opportunities for students to apply to the internship and graduate programmes of ‘disability inclusive’ employers who are seeking talented students from the LSE.

I would recommend the EmployAbility team to any employers looking to attract talented disabled students to their organisations for their ability to use their knowledge, experience and expertise in the area of disability and employment to benefit both disabled students and employers alike.

We look forward to our continued work with EmployAbility in working with disabled students in their journey on from university and will be partnering with them in forthcoming events we have planned for disabled students in the 2011 Autumn term.

Dr Nicola Martin, Head of LSE Disability and Well-being Service, June 2011

(I am also Chair of National Association of Disability Practitioners NADP. Please note I am writing in my LSE role as NADP cannot endorse any provider)

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