- College adopting best practice initiative helping disabled people into employment
- Social Security Scotland will learn from Scotland-India partnership.
Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to have hosted an initiative in Delhi to help disabled people into sustainable jobs as part of the Scotland-India partnership delegation. The move has been welcomed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who was an honoured guest at the event.
Glasgow Kelvin College is linking up with the Skill Council for Persons with Disability and Lemon Tree Hotels India, to share techniques for accommodating people with additional support needs, including downs syndrome and autism, in the workforce.
Lemon Tree Hotels is renowned as a global leader in providing training and employment for people with additional support needs.
Social Security Scotland will now work with Glasgow Kelvin College to learn from Lemon Tree Hotels and its framework to inform its new employment policy.
Together the companies aim to increase the number of people with additional support needs in full-time, sustainable employment in both countries.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney met with employees at Lemon Tree Hotels in Delhi, and said:
“We want to ensure that everybody who can and wants to work has the opportunity to find fulfilling jobs.
By learning from organisations like Lemon Tree Hotels who have developed a successful working model, we can better understand the challenges faced by people with additional support needs in accessing employment.
Initiatives like this have an important part to play as we move closer to our aim of at least halving the disability employment gap.”
In line with the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland for disabled people strategy, Glasgow Kelvin College is looking to help implement their model in Scotland.
Alan Sherry, Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, said:
“Glasgow Kelvin College is thrilled to be working closely with our Indian partners, the Skill Council for Persons with Disability and Lemon Tree Hotels. Lemon Tree Hotels has a sector leading model of work based learning for people with additional support needs which supports sustainable mainstream employment.
The College is keen to adopt the Lemon Tree model in Scotland, in partnership with a range of employers who have expressed an interest in supporting this pioneering initiative, which will ultimately benefit their current staff, the employees themselves and society as a whole.”
David Wallace, Chief Executive Social Security Scotland said:
“I am delighted Social Security Scotland is supporting this initiative which will help people with disabilities and additional learning needs get access to mainstream employment. We are committed to delivering a service based on dignity, fairness and resect and having a workforce that reflects the spectrum of Scottish society is absolutely key to that.”
The visit was supported with funding from UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) and the College was reunited with colleagues and partners from Make Love Not Scars, the charity supporting survivors of acid attacks.
Reshma Quereshi, herself a survivor, presented the Deputy First Minister with a copy of her biography, ‘Being Reshma’, which tells of her traumatic journey through rehabilitation. John Swinney had provided a sleeve-note for the book and was delighted to receive his own copy.
The partnership between the College, the Skill Council for Persons with Disabilities and Lemon Tree Hotels will bolster the Scottish and Indian Governments’ aims to tackle exclusion and support the social justice agenda.