Last updated: 5.04pm, Tuesday 28th May 2013 by

Congratulation to seven young people with additional support needs who completed a 6 week employability course with Hansel.

The young people from East Ayrshire schools (Hillside, Park, Willowbank and Cumnock Academy) were presented with certificates by Councillor Iain Linton and Kay Gilmour, Head of Community Support at the end of the course. The 6 week programme, developed and delivered by Hansel Employment Services, provided personal development in a work place environment. Topics covered included communication, team building, CV preparation, interview skills and, most importantly, employer engagement and work experience. Each of the young people worked in Hansel's Laundry and some also tried their hand in Lindy's tearoom. We are very grateful to Craig Stevenson, MD at Braehead Foods ( ), who took on the employer engagement role giving the young people another insight into the world of work. We'd also like to thank Thistle Cabs for their help with the logistics! Getting into work is difficult for all school leavers at present, even more so for youngster with additional support needs. We work closely with employers, building their understanding of the barriers for people with disabilities and ways to overcome these to allow everyone to benefit from skills and abilities which would otherwise be lost to the workplace. If you would like more information about Hansel's work in employment support please contact us.