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“I want to have a job, get paid, go out, enjoy myself”

Nusrat is 27 years old and recently started a job as a Lab Aide at the Sainsbury’s Wellcome Centre, with help from Scope’s Future Ambitions employment service.

For Learning Disability Work Experience Week, Nusrat shares her journey in to work and her goals for the future.

When I was at school I was thinking –  I want to get paid, I want to earn my own money and that’s what I want to do for my future. I went to college, then when I finished college I went to Project Search which finished in July. Project Search gave me training to help me get a job. I also did First Impressions, First Experiences with Scope. I liked it. I made loads of friends there. We did mock interviews, learning more skills, that kind of thing. That has helped me.

Work experience helped me get a job

I was going to Newham’s employment service and a Workplace advisor told me and my mum about work experience through Project Search. I thought it sounded good, that’s why I wanted to do it.

The work experience was good. I liked working with my tutor and job coach from Project Search. I liked working in the kitchen, giving patients tea and coffee in the morning. I liked working in the canteen, emptying the bins and cleaning the tables. I learned new skills. I learned to give food to customers and how to make tea. I learned to use the till. I did that with a colleague. I worked as a host. I was learning to be a housekeeper. I didn’t like that, it made me feel sick. I was also in an office, typing, answering phones. I enjoyed it. I liked it. We finished at the end of July and had an awards ceremony. My mum came. She said she was very proud of me.

I learned about listening to colleagues and managers. I learned how to make tea. I learned about working with people. I also learned about interview skills. Doing the work experience helped me get my job.

Nusrat sat at a long table smiling, with a cup of tea

Support to do my job

Jodi from Scope told me about the job at the Wellcome Trust. I wanted to come here and work in the lab. I came here for an interview. I was brave, confident, and polite. I liked it. Jodi was there too. I love this job. I want to do it, I enjoy it and I like my colleagues.

I like Jodi because she’s really friendly and very helpful. She supports me so my mum knows it’s okay, she’ll look after me. Jodi comes in to visit me at work. It’s nice to see her and I like working with her. If she doesn’t visit, I can just give her a text. It’s nice to have someone to talk to.

It’s difficult for me to travel. A taxi comes to pick me up and takes me home, takes me to work. Jodi has sorted things out for me. If I didn’t have the taxi it would be difficult for me to do this job.

My hopes for the future

I’ve never experienced bad attitudes. I’ve worked with some good people. It was hard to find a job at first though. I don’t know why, I’m not sure. I was looking for jobs but they wouldn’t hire me. Employers need to change their attitudes and respect other people.

I work hard. Working with other people has improved my skills. In the future I’d like to be able to go out with my family, go shopping, help out at home. I have lots of friends and that makes me happy. I go to a friendship club to meet other friends and I enjoy it. I want to have a job, get paid, go out, enjoy myself. This is what I want to do for my future.

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Future Ambitions: Getting young disabled people into work

Guy Chaudoir is Service Manager for Scope’s Future Ambitions Service. Guy has been at Scope for three years and has spent the last eight years working with young people to support them in employment and apprenticeships.

I was recently asked by a prospective employee in an interview what the best thing about my job was, for me it was an easy question to answer. The best thing about my job is seeing the progress a young disabled person makes when we work with them to achieve their goals.

I run a new service for Scope, called Future Ambitions, the service is supported by the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation and its goal is to support young disabled people into paid work.

The difficulties disabled people face

Young disabled people tell us that they find it difficult to tell people about their disability, so they get the right support to stay in a job. They also tell us that it is a crowded market and if you don’t fit exactly to what an employer is looking for, then you don’t even get an interview or an acknowledgement that you’ve actually applied.

No one loves filling in an application form, writing a cover letter or having a job interview, what we aim to do is work with young disabled people to be able to do this, so they can get a job they love.

But it’s not just about the practical parts of finding a job, each person that joins our service gets support from their own advisor to work on what they need to gain employment, be it support to improve confidence or time management, work experience in a field they are interested, interview skills, how to disclose their disability to an employer and support at interviews.

Working with employers

We also work with Employers, supporting them to recruit and retain young disabled people in their workplace. Along with introducing them to candidates that might not have exactly the right qualifications and experience, but with the right support from us, will thrive and grow with their business.

As I said before the best thing about my job is seeing the progress in the young people we work with, and I looking forward to seeing that happen again and again.

Find out more about Future Ambitions on our website  or email future@scope.org.uk

Future Ambitions is for disabled residents of Hackney, Islington, Newham and Tower Hamlets aged 16-25 who aren’t currently in employment or education.