ECL Inclusive Employment supports NHS inclusive recruitment roadshow

Our Inclusive Employment team was invited to participate in the first inclusive recruitment and workforce roadshow to be organised by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT).

A total of 13 ECL customers attended the careers showcase and advice day on Thursday 22 February at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. The event was aimed at supporting people with mild learning disabilities and/or autism looking to work in the NHS.

Customers were able to learn more about the job opportunities available at EPUT and gain some useful tips on job applications and preparing for interviews. They also had the opportunity to apply for and participate in interviews for available jobs on the day.

It went really well and we were delighted to offer a job to one candidate. We also have invited five candidates back for a second interview and opened up work experience to all candidates that attended the day.

“Neurodiversity is a strength as organisations benefit from having a varied workforce of people with different skills, experiences and ways of thinking. Our roadshows aim to show people the careers available to them in the NHS and to help them feel confident about successfully applying for opportunities.

-Matt Cope, HR business partner, Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Also supported by the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT), the roadshows celebrate the unique strengths of people who have learning disabilities or neurodivergent conditions such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorder.

The day was such a success that more inclusive recruitment roadshows are being planned in the coming months.

This was a unique opportunity to showcase the talented job seekers ECL represent, as well as highlighting the ‘wrap-around support’ the Inclusive Employment team offer. The event was an excellent example of successful collaborative working.

-Emma Young, Inclusive Employment Engagement Lead, ECL

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