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A small change in your recruitment, great impact for the community

Published on Wednesday, 03 January 2024

A small change in your recruitment, great impact for the community

Vicki is celebrating securing her first permanent job role. She has been providing admin support at the Council since September 2023. The role was made possible thanks to the Council’s initiative of supporting adults with learning disabilities into paid employment, which is also available for local employers.


Although she had volunteered before, this is Vicki’s first paid job. She shared: “I love my job! I really enjoy working with the team and making friends here. Having this job is like my dreams have come true. It feels good to be more independent. I hope my mum is proud of me.”


This role has enabled Vicki to develop skills for work, as well as skills for personal life. She makes day to day choices and experience having control of her life.


Michele Nolan, Supported Living Lead at Social Life Opportunities (SOLO), has been supporting Vicki. She shared: “Vicki has felt more included and valued in the community. She has become a huge role-model in our supported living and day centres. Vicki has inspired others and proved that anything is possible by seizing an opportunity and getting the right support. Her confidence has grown. This has impacted on her self-esteem and wellbeing. She is planning a trip to the theatre next year, with her own salary!”


Vicki’s manager is Richard Tapson, Governance Lead for Economic & Infrastructure Directorate. When the vacancy of admin assistant came up, Richard discussed with the Director who both felt that it would be a great opportunity to recruit inclusively, as this could support someone into work and promote workplace inclusion.


Richard shared, “Vicki has received wraparound support including IT training, independent travelling and personal organisation. All these helped and she settled in quickly. She completes her tasks efficiently and brings joy to the team.”


Sue Popplewell, Leadership Support Officer, expanded her job scope by becoming Vicki’s mentor. Sue added, “Vicki always brightens up the office with her smile. It is great to see her confidence and independence grow as she develops her skills.”


If you are an employer and would like to get support for inclusive recruitment, please contact our team on 0121 704 6869 or employerengagementteam@solihull.gov.uk.

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