Ross is doing an internship with the Fair Work Directorate at the Scottish Government in their Glasgow offices. Ross’s internship was set up through our We Can Work Internship Programme, which aims to support disabled people into internships which will boost their career prospects and confidence in work. You can find out more about We Can Work by clicking here.
Since my last post we have as a Directorate been busy with a number of projects –notably developing actions around halving Scotland’s disability employment gap. Aristotle said ‘that we become just by performing just actions’ and there is certainly a feeling that as a Directorate we are performing actions which will lead to what our title embodies ‘Fair Work’.
Looking to the future I am enthusiastic about our upcoming stakeholder engagement events in the coming month where we will look to hear as a wide a voice as possible to inform our policy choices (Check eventbrite, there are still some spaces!) which I will review in my next post.
In the present, this week has been by far the most successful of my time with the Scottish Government so far and I would like to take this time to share some of the milestones. Firstly, attending the Race Equality Network conference in Glasgow, where I was able to meet the Scottish Government’s Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans and hear about the other equality projects that our government in pursuing. Secondly, conducting interviews with participants in Scotland’s transitional employability services, this included conducting an interview with a disabled person through BSL. For me, this was certainly one of the best moments, as was relaying their comments back to our work on the disability employment gap. I feel it is important to celebrate the work of disabled people in employment but also those who help make this a reality and help others achieve their potential.
Therefore to end, I would once again like to thank my colleagues at the Directorate of Fair Work, a great team with a great purpose, and in particular my work ‘sensei’ Craig Alexander, who diligently puts up with my bad jokes!
Inclusion Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit to deliver the National Disability Internship Programme “We Can Work”. 30 internships will be created for disabled people per year as per the Scottish Government’s A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Delivery Plan. You can find out more about the plan by clicking here.