Interwork Services helps Guernsey companies recruit and retain skilled disabled employees

April 12th, 2012 by Coast Media

Left to right - Michelle Griffiths of Coast Media, Designer Ian Thoume, and Nicola Ioannou-Droushiotis of Interwork Services (click image to expand - image courtesy of Coast Media)

Coast Media has been working closely with Ian Thoume through the Supported Employment Service of Interwork Services to give him an insight into the graphic design industry.

Ian Thoume is a budding designer who was set the task of creating posters for the company’s Coast Guide and Map, to be displayed at Guernsey Airport.

Ian was instructed to design a look that was in line with the style of the publication and would be eye-catching for visitors arriving on the island.

Ian gained a diploma in Media Production with distinction, at the Guernsey College of Further Education and is seeking employment in the graphic design industry.

Michelle Griffiths, Coast Media’s Creative Director, said “Ian stuck to the brief really well and the design was of a professional quality. He has mild communication difficulties when speaking but his communication with us through e-mail was always prompt and comprehensive.”

Interwork Services, a specialist supported employment and recruitment service within the States of Guernsey Health and Social Services Department (HSSD), supports disabled adults and helps companies recruit and retain skilled disabled employees.

They work with people with disabilities, including physical, learning, sensory, mental health, autism and asperger’s to acquired disabilities.

Coast Media outsource the collation, enrobing and delivery of the Coast Guide and Map to Interwork Services where disabled adults collate their packs that are used at the airport and harbour and within hire car companies.

Nicola Ioannou-Droushiotis, Senior Employment Support Officer at Interwork Services, said it was really important to have the support of local companies.

“It means a lot for the people we work with to be given work experience or freelance work. It’s a foot in the door of the industry and an opportunity to prove that despite any disability, they can do the job just as well as anyone else. We are always looking for more companies who would be willing to help us,” said Mrs Ioannou-Droushiotis.

Coast Media will be working with another individual through Interwork Services who wants to be a proof reader later this year.

Katie Blampied, Managing Director of Coast Media, said “we are very aware of our place in the Guernsey community and are always keen to assist in any way we can.”

“The team at Interwork Services does a fantastic job promoting disability awareness and supporting individuals at work and outside of work. We will continue to help as best we can and encourage other Guernsey companies to get involved.”

Please contact Nicola Ioannou-Droushiotis on 701032 or e-mail nioannou-droushiotis @ hssd.gov.gg to offer work experience opportunities or for further information.

 

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