Delivering engaging training programmes to individuals with dyslexia can pose many challenges. Comprehension of materials, organisation and literacy to name a few.
As employability courses are designed to develop the skills required for work, extra thought is required as individuals with dyslexia require a different skill set. They need to be able to use Assistive Technology which has been designed to make tasks easier and have coping strategies in place to allow them to work independently.
Technology, training and in-work support is provided by Access to Work, but if a learner knows how to use these packages before they begin work they start off on a great platform.
This is where we come in.
We work with Training Providers and learners across Scotland to support existing Employability Programmes.
Our support includes:
- Bespoke Needs Assessment
An Individual Needs Assessment will highlight barriers specific to each individual, in relation to both their ASN and their current training programme.
Our comprehensive report outlines specific technology, training and coaching solutions which will address current and future barriers as we take into account learner progression.
- Assistive Technology Supply and Training
The second stage is to implement the solutions identified in our report in a timely manner, usually within 3 to 5 days as immediate support is imperative due to time constraints on Employability programmes.
Through our experience supporting employability candidates for Skills Development Scotland, we have identified an effective suite of software packages. These packages are proven to successfully support the majority of learners with Dyslexia in full time education and employment and have the same outcomes for employability candidates.
The packages belong to each Training Provider ensuring Training Providers become more inclusive for future candidates and will reduce cost on future claims.
- Dyslexia Training for Centre Staff and Assessors
Our Dyslexia & Disability Awareness Training is highly tailored
to the needs of your employees, candidates and organisation.
For example, while training employees or colleagues of a dyslexic employee we will raise awareness of how to support dyslexia in a business environment.
While training a National Training Provider we implement best practice and techniques to help support and assess
All of our onsite awareness training courses are CPD certified and include online materials for ongoing learning.
If you would rather learn online we have an elearning portal to let you study our CPD certified courses in your own time.
- Candidate training, coaching and mentoring
Individualised training and coaching is designed to train learners how and when to use each software package in their current stage of progression. The skills we implement are transferable and will evolve inline with their progression until sustained employment.
Our specialists take time to understand each individual’s needs and respond by tailoring our training programmes to suit. Our training is tried and tested and has proven success in various sectors including further education, employment and employability.
The training is designed to promote confidence and independence ensuring milestones are met and alleviating extra workload for assessors and educators.
- Access to Work Support
As an Open Doors Consortium partner we provide immediate In Work Support which includes assisting individuals with the ATW process.
By working closely with Access to Work providers we aim to support our candidates as soon as possible. This ensures all software used by our learners is installed in their place of work and is fully funded.