This week is Learning Disability Work Week and we’re celebrating the industry experts who voluntarily offer their time and experience to Derwen College, allowing us to support our students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) into work.
Neil Bevan of Oswestry-based graphic design and marketing business Hunter Bevan Branding, Graphic Design and Marketing is one of the College’s most recently appointed Industry Champions.
“Engagement as an Industry Champion may include commenting on the curriculum, talking positively about the college’s work at business networking events, supporting events, sharing news on social media, or judging skill competitions.
“This benefits the students’ experience by exposing them to ‘real-life’ business people, working in sectors such as creative, or hospitality and catering, to give them feedback on ‘real-world’ scenarios to support their learning, and, ultimately, supported employment for some students. I am always impressed by the enthusiasm, friendliness, and potential of the students I meet on my visits (as well as the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff).”
Llanfyllin Spar owner Mark Prust supports retail staff and students as well as offering valuable external work placements to students.
“I was surprised but pleased to be asked to contribute my retail experience to enhance the work done at Derwen College. I hope to be as pro-active as possible in helping out with discovering and understanding latest innovations.
“At Spar we are continuously looking at the latest technology and training for till systems, stock-taking and health and safety which is information that we can share with college staff and students.
“We enjoy having students working here along with learning support assistant Julie Bryan. We have not had to adapt the way we work around them, they have fitted in seamlessly and are a pleasure to work with.”