Leonard Cheshire and Howden’s Joinery teamed up to inspire disabled people with tips for career success.

The two organisations held a workshop this April at Etc. Venues, Norton Folgate, to teach skills which will equip disabled people to succeed in the UK job market.

The one-day workshop included presentations from industry leaders, inspirational speakers and interactive learning streams. It was designed to leave attendees informed, inspired and better prepared to secure long-term employment and advance their careers.

Speakers included Mark Flesch, group operations director at Retail Human Resources plc, Iain Lewis, HR director at Howdens, and Laura Crandley, director of partnerships at Leonard Cheshire.

Paralympian Talan Skeel-Piggins delivered an inspirational speech about succeeding despite setbacks and fulfilling aspirations.

Talan said:

‘Each one of us has an innate ability to become the best we can be.

‘If you choose to believe in yourself, accept yourself for who you are, and harness the resilience that lives inside of you, there is a world of excitement and opportunity out there waiting for you.

‘What will you choose to do?’

Laura Crandley, director of partnerships at Leonard Cheshire, said:

‘Our aim was to support those attending this event to secure long-term employment in their chosen career and fulfil their unique ambitions.

‘We’re grateful to Howden’s for partnering with us on what proved to be an inspiring day.’