Huddersfield junior apprentices to show sight loss is no barrier to success

Three talented young people from Huddersfield have been awarded a £320 grant by Kirklees Youth Council (KYC), which will allow them to undertake a week-long apprenticeship.

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The visually impaired entrepreneurs; Peter Doyle, 15, Mehreen Akthar, 17 and Brittany Stead,16, are to organise a special event and gain valuable work experience, starting on Monday 12 August 2013.

The successful bid was prepared by members of our Huddersfield Actionnaires club, which gives visually impaired children aged between 4 and 16, opportunities to develop confidence through sport and social activities.

During their short apprenticeship they will plan and develop an event where they can share their experiences and knowledge of employment, education and future career opportunities with other visually impaired youngsters.

Peter, a student at Moor End Academy in Huddersfield said: “The job market is challenging for young people, so if you’re visually impaired, you have to prove yourself even more. I will learn project management and team building skills, and how to control a budget. It will be a real confidence booster to help me prepare for employment.”

Mehreen explained: “Each of us will take a turn as project manager, just like The Apprentice on TV! Targets will have to be met each day, so we’ll need to get the best out of our two teammates. It’s an opportunity to test and prove ourselves.”

Brittany added: “We’re delighted that the funding bid we prepared was accepted. We’ll be showcasing what we’ve achieved as we invite other visually impaired young people – Actionnaires – to experience the event we’ve created. I know many of them, and I can guarantee they will be a judging panel as difficult to please as Lord Sugar!”

Action’s Children and Families Support Coordinator, James Carey, said: “We’re so proud of our young apprentices. They will become project managers, using initiative to find a venue, promote and host their event, and work to a training criteria agreed with Kirklees Youth Council (KYC).

The Huddersfield junior apprentices will record daily audio-diaries, uploading them onto Audioboo (an audio equivalent of YouTube). They will also publicise their Actionnaires event using social media, newspapers and radio.

Update – BBC Radio interviews

Listen to the apprentices being interviewed on BBC Radio 4 In Touch and on BBC Leeds

For further information about Action for Blind People’s services for children and young people in Huddersfield and across West Yorkshire, please email or call 0113 386 2800.


Posted on 8 August 2013, in Actionnaires