Knowsley’s Empower Job Carving Programme is going from strength to strength and 10 local businesses and organisations are taking advantage of the benefits job carving brings.
We now want to hear from more businesses who would like to find out more about how job carving could benefit their business and offer employment opportunities to people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
In September 2018, Knowsley Council developed the Empower Job Carving Programme in partnership with All Saints Catholic High School, Eastcroft Park Primary School and the First Ark Group to create meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for Knowsley residents with a learning difficulty and/or disability.
Job carving takes less skilled tasks from different jobs and combines them into a single role ideally suited for a person with a learning difficulty and/or disability, which frees up time for other staff to concentrate on the more skilled aspects of their roles. The hours of work depends on the business need and can range from a few hours a week up to a full time position.
Once a job carved role is created, Knowsley Council produces job specifications in easy read and video format making the recruitment process more accessible for potential applicants. There are no formal interviews; potential candidates have an informal meet and greet with the new employer and do a work placement to see if the role is right for them. If the employer and the candidate are happy with the role created, the placement moves to a paid position.
Four candidates have completed work placements and successfully moved into paid employment: Liam works as a Print Room Assistant at All Saints Catholic High School, Daryl is a Grounds’ Maintenance Assistant at Eastcroft Park Primary School, David is a Post and Provisions Assistant at First Ark and Anthony is an Administration Assistant at Caring Connections.
Liam from All Saints Catholic High School said
“Having a job is helping me to become more independent – I can now do the majority of the jobs in the print room without any assistance. This frees up Bill’s (Print Room Manager) time to focus on his creative work. I enjoy my job as I meet and help a lot of different people – I really enjoy being part of the All Saint’s family.”
The council also provides a range of support including free disability awareness training for colleagues, a free analysis of tasks within the work place and job coaching support.
Tony McGuinness, Head Teacher at All Saints Catholic High School, said
“As a school at the centre of the local community, it is important that we provide as many opportunities as possible for our pupils and the wider community. We are delighted that Liam has now progressed into paid employment with us and he is doing really well. Being involved in the Empower Job Carving Programme has been a fantastic opportunity for the school and a great way to help people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities gain meaningful employment.”
A further six organisations have also created job carved positions and placements will start over the coming weeks.
Knowsley Council would like to hear from businesses who would like to explore the concept of job carving. Contact Sue Temple-Fielding, Supported Employment Co-ordinator on 0151 443 3054 or 07976 582 255, or email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org