Are you unemployed or looking for a new job? Do you realise it can take a minimum of 6 weeks to book a sign language interpreter or palantypist? Factor that into your job hunt … you won’t get very far.
We all know that being deaf means life is not as easy as it should be. We have to fight harder for a job and harder still for a fulfilling one. Being deaf and looking for work is basically a bowl of toenail clippings. It’s just unnnhhhhhhhhhh. Especially when it comes to employment agencies. *spits*
Dering is an employment agency with a difference. They actually care whether you can communicate and benefit appropriately from its services. Dering Employment Services was established in May 2006 and has gone from strength to strength. They help people to return to work by providing training and employment opportunities.
Dering are different in that they train deaf people to become employment advisors, job coaches and tutors. In turn, these deaf people become a positive role model for other deaf people. The director, Stephen Dering, has been deaf since birth and Dering is deaf-accessible, with services and training provided in British Sign Language. 86% of the staff are deaf so YEAH ! they totally GET the issues and barriers that we face in accessing work. Yay. Rock on!
Their programme includes the following (click on the links for further information);
Coachability in Northern Ireland and South East England
Deaf Employment Service
Deaf Stepping Stones
Train to Gain
Their latest news –
Last week, they hosted an official visit by Jonathan Shaw MP, the new Disability Minister, to their Croydon offices so that he could see for himself how they work with deaf people to get jobs. He was very impressed with the set up – photographs are on the Facebook group ‘Dering‘.
They are delivering Access to Work assessments for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf/blind people who live in the North West, West Midlands or East of England regions. Assessments are to enable people to identify what support they need in their job such as Interpreter Online or doorbell systems. From November 2008, they will cover Manchester, Salford and Trafford areas.
If you are interested in developing your skills and live in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark or Wandsworth, Dering have an ASDAN employment training course coming up.
Their Coachability programmes in South East England and Northern Ireland are filling up quickly – ideal for anyone who wants to become a qualified sports coach.
Drop them an email at info @ dering. biz if you are interested in any of the above.
Go, Dering, go!