Cornish employers meet young learners with physical and learning disabilities at Kehellend Trust to offer work experience and employment opportunities
On Monday 12 July at the Kehelland Trust, near Camborne, an event is being held to celebrate the end of a three-year programme for seven learners at the trust. Several Cornish employers will meet the students and learn about the programme, with a view to offering them work experience and employment opportunities.
The event is being organised in partnership with Health Works for Cornwall’s (HWC) delivery partners Pluss. The HWC programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and provides residents in Cornwall with a health or wellbeing need to get the support they want and need, and where possible, move them towards and into work.
Kehelland Trust has a three-year education and training programme for learners aged 16 to 25 who have a physical or learning difficulty or disability (LDD). Students have a full-time structured programme with an independent living skill, mental health wellbeing and employment related progression focus, along with IT and English and maths provision.
Liz Myhill, training and business development manager for Kehelland Trust said: “The education programs we offer are important for our community. Learners can access bespoke programs to meet their individual needs. The programs support learners to achieve accredited vocational qualifications, build their confidence, learn new skills, and improve their mental health and wellbeing. Our 16 acre fully accessible site lends itself to supporting mental health and wellbeing.
“We are delighted to be working with Pluss to extend our offer of external work experience placements with local businesses. This work will offer learners opportunities for employment locally.”
Throughout the programme, learners access operational departments at Kehelland Trust for their work experience activities, including catering kitchen, site maintenance, horticulture, sales through the onsite shop and outdoor education.
One year three learner at Kehelland Trust said: “I like coming to Kehelland because I like meeting my friends and I like the staff.”
Another one said: “Everyone is friendly. I enjoy the grass cutting and driving the tractors and there’s lots of different jobs I get to do.”
Specialist community coaches from the HWC team have been collaborating with the Trust and speaking with local employers. HWC will work with and support employers who offer valuable work experience and employment opportunities.
Tim Moss, senior change coach for Health Works for Cornwall said: “We help many people across Cornwall to make their first steps on the journey to improve their wellbeing and into work. Enthusiastic and disability confident employers in Cornwall are essential in order to give the young learners at Kehelland the opportunity to experience a working environment and to develop their employability skills.
“Partnering our LDD team with Kehelland Trust is an opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion and to celebrate the inspirational educational and personal achievements that happen at Kehelland.”
Many of the young learners hope to secure paid employment and eventually live independently.
Veryan Palmer, director of The Headland Hotel said: “The Headland is delighted to be supporting Kehelland Trust with their careers day. We have several brilliant members of our team with either learning or physical disabilities and recognise the valuable contribution that they, along with all team members, make to the success of our business. We look forward to welcoming students from Kehelland Trust for work experience over the coming months!”
Kehelland Trust is a registered charity that provides a rural, horticultural setting for the support of young people and adults with learning and, or physical disabilities, developing personal and social skills, individual opportunities, and active participation in the local community.