Stockport Students from Inscape House School have been hitting the airwaves across Manchester on ALLFM 96.9FM, a radio station offering young people the chance to learn about presenting and producing radio.
Every week the students plan, prepare and record an hour-long radio show that airs on AllFM on Monday drive time at 4pm.
Inscape House School, part of local charity Together Trust, is a specialist school in Cheadle which supports young people aged five to 18 with autism and other associated communication difficulties.
Work experience is an integral part of the students’ curriculum, with almost all young people aged 16 – 18 at the school taking part in work experience each week.
Marie Young, employability teacher and work experience co-ordinator at Inscape, said
“It’s all about developing young people’s confidence and giving them a chance to explore what they might like to do in the future.
“We really want to change attitudes towards hiring young people with autism and show employers the benefits of having a neuro-diverse workforce.”
From radio presenting to hospitality or working in a software firm, students are able to develop their skills and confidence in real work environments. These opportunities are an invaluable experience for both the young person and the employer.
“My personal challenge is to find the perfect fit for each student. We look at their passions, skills and what they want to do in the future and try to find an opportunity that’s right for them.”
Together Trust are always looking for more local businesses to provide work experience placements or taster days for their Stockport students and the young people they support.
*If you could provide an opportunity, get in touch with Together Trust or call 0161 283 4848.