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Highway Traffic Management has been working with The Hive College to provide work experience opportunities for students with disabilities and different learning needs, supporting them to gain valuable experience from within the workplace.

The Hive College is a specialist college based in Birmingham for students with special educational needs aged between 19-25 years old, with their commitment being to help their students to develop the important skills and qualities they need to aid their transition into adult life.

HTM have been working with them since April 2023 and have been able to offer two work experience placements to students who have been able to support delivery in HTM stores, over the watchful eyes of the depot team who have been looking after them for their working shifts which run from 10am-2pm, alongside their support workers.

“They have both taken to the role very well and been learning about the various elements involved in sign making in the stores, working with software and helping to create signs, getting involved at every step of the process,” commented Delivery Manager, Mikee Booth.

HR Manager, Lucinda Sturman, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with The Hive, especially being based so locally to the college and being able to support more young people into work by giving them valuable experience in our depot. We hope this is the start of a long-term relationship with The Hive.”

Working within the depot has meant the students have had hands-on experience in the traffic management industry. Ruth Martin is the Work Placement Coordinator at The Hive, who works with the placement team to ensure that they provide outstanding support to all students who consistently achieve fantastic outcomes.

“HTM have been able to support us with long-term placements for our students, with our first placement student graduating in September and now another two students having the opportunity to gain work experience in a blue-collar industry and get valuable insight into the working world. These opportunities ensure that Hive students can build their skills and get a good understanding of expectations and responsibilities within the workplace.”

Placement student, Noah Thompson, shared his thoughts on his experience, “It’s been great getting to grips with the depot and understanding its role in supporting the jobs and the day-to-day running of the business.“

HTM have also been working with The Hive College by participating in their Disability Awareness Training. Ruth Martin came in to deliver the session which focused on neurodiversity, aiming to equip the management team with the knowledge to understand and appreciate the differences in neurological diversity, to improve working relationships with neurodiverse employees.

“Thank you to those who were brave enough to share their personal experiences. Great to see an organisation open to learning more and making changes make themselves more open to supporting those with neurodiversity,” said Ruth.

You can find out more about The Hive College, at: https://www.hivecollege.org.uk/

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