The aim of this resource is to hear from young people who have taken part in a Disability Placement Scheme.

The discussion covers the different types of placement schemes, if you need qualifications or specific skills, the process of applying for a scheme, what it’s like to be on a placement scheme and the kind of opportunities it leads to.

On this page you will find:

  • A recorded discussion with two expert speakers discussing their experience of taking part in a placement scheme; one with the BBC’s Trainee Production scheme and another run by Change 100.
  • A link that takes you to a further resource page where you can find external websites that can help with this topic.
  • A list of top tips from our speakers on this topic.

To access the panel discussion click on the video below:

The speakers in this video compiled a list of businesses that offer work placement schemes, the guide is available to read here.

Top Tips

  • Use Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets to follow people or organisations who you’d be interested in finding a placement with.
  • Think about your own networks and who you know that you can reach out to.
  • Apply for schemes that you’re interested in and don’t feel limited by your disability. You can normally apply for Access to Work for placement schemes which will help with your access needs.
  • Don’t give up if you don’t get on the scheme straight away, you can keep applying and learn from each experience.
  • Completing a work placement scheme looks really good on your CV and can lead to a permanent post with some employers who advertise the scheme.
  • The BBC Trainee Production Scheme can lead to many different roles at the BBC, including television, radio, digital, HR, data analyst, administration etc. The BBC is a huge organisation with many different departments and roles.

The aim of our ambitious online conference See My Skills: How to land your dream Job! for 16-24-year-olds was to supply practical solutions to the barriers and challenges that exist for young people seeking employment.

Once you’ve played the recording, please click here to listen to successful blind and visually impaired employees talk about the importance of self-advocacy and how they’ve made employment work for them.

We’d like to thank all of our speakers who gave up their time to share their positive stories.

To access the full library of resources from this event please click HERE