CV Builder app
The CV Builder app allows people with learning difficulties and disabilities to showcase their skills, experience and achievements.
Paper CVs are traditionally text based. Due to this heavy use of vocabulary, people with learning difficulties and disabilities can find it difficult to prepare a CV.
The intuitive CV Builder app uses simplified language and visual prompts. This enables users to upload evidence of their work experience and skills through simplified text, Makaton, photos and videos.
The app gives students the option to select key words to describe themselves; soft, personal skills such as ‘I am kind and caring’, and also specific skills they have gained in their curriculum pathway area. Users will also be able to show mock interview videos, references and upload certificates and photos.
How the CV Builder benefits employers
The app generates a personalised digital CV that users can share with a potential employer or work placement provider. The CV contains the uploaded images and links to video content. It will be a really valuable tool for users to show employers what they can do, when they might find it difficult to explain during an interview situation.
CVs will be sent direct to the prospective employer via the app. Here’s what Heather Noble of Salt Solutions thought of the CV Builder app:
“I’m very excited about the CV Builder app, not only because it will allow people with special educational needs to compete in the workplace but because it will enable employers to receive concise, relevant and appropriate information about a potential employee who might not ordinarily be able to convey their strengths.
As a young person, finding things to put on a CV can be particularly challenging when experience is limited, but this tool will help both employee and employer to share information simply. From my point of view, I particularly like the video element which allows employers to see the individual as a whole person not just as a few facts and figures. I don’t see any reason why, in time, this app couldn’t be rolled out to mainstream job seekers who need support in putting their best foot forward.”
We are currently looking for more employers to test the CV element of this app. Please contact us if you are interested in helping us this with the testing part of this project.
One of the students who is currently testing the app is George. We asked him for his views on the new app:
“It’s super, I enjoy using the tablets to do my work, and the app was easy to use. I will use this to help me to get a job in the future. I am excited to use the app again to finish creating my CV”
Q1: How can I as an employer give an individual with learning difficulties or disabilities the chance to work?
As an employer you will be give someone an equal opportunity to support and enhance your current team, with their well-developed industry specific skill set.
You will need to be supportive and embrace the little changes that will allow the individual to flourish; for example introducing repetitive tasks, adapting communication methods, routine work schedules and clear expectations/goals. Bespoke work patterns can also work to an advantage.
You will be displaying key diversity ethics such as valuing and promoting equal opportunities, embracing an inclusive working culture within your team and increasing your employer statistics.
Q2: Are there any regulations I need to be aware of as an employer supporting an individual with learning difficulties or disabilities?
Equality Act 2010 – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents
Modern Slavery Act 2015 – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/30/contents/enacted
Q3: Where can I get support for employing an individual with learning difficulties or disabilities?
There are several different routes you may wish to explore outside of full or part time employment.
The following organisations can offer support and guidance: