Film makers help disabled students into work

St Helens Star: Film makers help disabled students into work Film makers help disabled students into work

BUDDING film-makers at St Helens College have been using their skills to help young people with disabilities get into the world of work.

The students from the college’s Foundation Academy have helped to produce a short four minute film, working with charity Mencap, the leading UK charity dedicated to helping people with learning difficulties.

The film is part of the foundation’s current ‘Inspire me’ campaign, aimed at helping young disabled people build confidence and learn new life skills. The video features tips on impressing employers at job interviews highlighting good and bad interview techniques and due to go live on YouTube today, Thursday.

The film was made after the students themselves were inspired by a a special 10-hour workshop delivered by a team from Mencap enabling them to gain a wide variety of life skills and stand them in good stead for the future.

Student Danielle Edmonson, 21, from Newton, said: “It has been a great opportunity to develop my interview skills while helping others. I will certainly feel more confident going into an interview after the workshop Mencap kindly delivered to the class.

“I hope by creating the video we will be able to boost other young people’s confidence and give them extra help in getting a job.”

Regional youth coordinator for Inspire Me, Simon Huthwaite added: “It’s been a pleasure working with the college over the last few months.”

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