HARD workers diagnosed with learning difficulties and a variety of health conditions, yet determined to join the world of employment, rolled up their sleeves and got busy this week.

On Wednesday, a band of job seekers enrolled on SEQOL’s energy2work scheme volunteered to pack shoppers’ grocery bags at Asda between 11am and 2pm in a bid to gain hands-on work experience, some for the very first time.

The course launched by the social enterprise was set up to allow people with disabilities to receive an NCFE entry level three qualification and eventually to find paid employment.

The programme, delivered in partnership with Swindon College, includes modules exploring different aspects of employment including working as part of a team, behaving appropriately and making the right impression.

Ann King, supported employment project manager at SEQOL energy2work, said the new venture was an excellent example of how collaborating with local businesses could benefit the community.

“For people who have perhaps never been in paid employment before, or who have been out of the world of work for some time, taking up employment can feel very daunting,” she said.

“This course will help them understand what employers in the area need and want of their staff, how to interact well in a team and how to develop positive and confident ways of working with colleagues.

“SEQOL energy2work is passionate about helping more people who have disabilities or health conditions and so we are delighted to be able to deliver this important training in partnership with Swindon College.”

To find out more contact Ann on 01793 463354.