Skills for life and work

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Our Life and Work Programme is for disabled young people aged 19+ who want to live more independently and move into paid employment.

 

We help our trainees develop the life and work skills they need to get a job and live the life they choose.

In the Life and Work Programme, trainees will:

  • Develop an Action Plan with a set of goals for work
  • Participate in travel training sessions
  • Practice interview skills with a Job Coach
  • Attend regular sessions at the Bikes For Good Causes bike shop and café where you will develop your work skills
  • Complete work placements in a real working environment
  • Get help finding paid employment

ⓘ Your Job Coach will arrange suitable work placements for you and help you look for work. They will support you every step of the way, even after you’ve gotten a job.

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Trainee Luke talking to Job Coach Fareeda

The my AFK Life and Work Charter

This document outlines the processes in the Life and Work Programme and tells you how we support trainees, as well as what is expected of trainees themselves.

Meet one of our trainees: Neal

Trainee Neal at work in Waitrose

Neal has a learning disability and started coming to my AFK in 2014, when it was known as Action For Kids. Neal was at college, and his goals were to work in a supermarket and learn how to travel independently.

 

After gaining retail experience in a voluntary role at a store for over a year, Neal told his Job Coach that his dream job would be to work at Waitrose. His Job Coach approached Waitrose and organised a work placement, where Waitrose saw that he had lots of great experience and skills, especially with the customers, and they offered him a paid job working one day per week.

 

Neal did travel training with support from my AFK, and began to travel to Waitrose and back on his own after a few weeks. He now works for 3 days a week at Waitrose in a paid position and travels independently!

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