Big fall in Youth unemployment in the UK but what about deaf or hearing loss group?
The Government has recently announced that there has been a big fall in unemployment in the UK and especially amongst school leavers and graduates, but whilst the statistics can support these claims, there is no evidence available that deaf people, or those with a hearing loss are included in the figures.
These findings are good news for the general population looking for work, but the barriers that deaf people face in finding a job still remain, and being successful in finding regular, paid work, and indeed remaining in employment, is still very difficult.
Totaljobs (one of the leading job websites in the UK) findings from a recently conducted Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey.
Potential and existing employers still lack the necessary knowledge required to support a deaf employee, which is needed from the very start of the process at the job searching and application form stage. It is very easy for someone’s confidence to drop if responses are always negative to their applications for a work position or a promotion.
Deaf Direct is very aware of this problem that many of our clients face and would like to help those who are interested in finding a job or looking for a new job. We can provide advice and seek advice from other agencies, who can offer further support. We can also work with current employers to train and advise them about adjustments to make in the workplace, which should improve conditions for deaf employees.
Despite all of the problems deaf people face, if they are determined enough and have the right support, many are successful. You can read more about Jack’s story here – BBC
Please contact Paul Challinor firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in looking for a job and would like to know how Deaf Direct can help you to do this.