We have 12 participants (adults with learning disabilities or autism) per day that come to us to learn work skills in a safe and supported real working environment. To enable this work experience, we take in live jobs from customers which can be anything from goodie bag packing, fulfilling mail, digital printing, t-shirt printing and embroidery.
We have 4 vocational mentors who provide individual training and support where required to enable our participants to progress and develop their skills with the aspiration of paid employment. In our most recent Karten application we applied for tablets so that we could provide video learning techniques to some of our participants who prefer visual instructions as opposed to verbal. A successful example of this was the assembly of Tayto boxes (part of their valentines campaign- send a packet to someone you love).
A staff member recorded the correct assembly process and set it up for our participants to play and rewind the video as many times as they need in order to complete the task correctly. This method was a success, especially for our participants who don’t feel comfortable asking for help.
We are currently working on other videos that will help support our participants in other areas, including embroidery, other product assembly and print finishing.
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