Rosa’s plea to employers to take on learning disabled

Employer engagement event at Pebble Brook school - pictured l-r are Jackie Robson - head of FED, Asif Khan - apprentice and former student, Emily Webster - The Lion at Waddesdon, Rosa Monckton - guest speaker, Cllr Allison Harrison - mayor of Aylesbury, Andy Leach - Buckinghamshire Care and Irene Hoare - SEAC
Employer engagement event at Pebble Brook school - pictured l-r are Jackie Robson - head of FED, Asif Khan - apprentice and former student, Emily Webster - The Lion at Waddesdon, Rosa Monckton - guest speaker, Cllr Allison Harrison - mayor of Aylesbury, Andy Leach - Buckinghamshire Care and Irene Hoare - SEAC

Campaigner Rosa Monckton and a host of local businesses attended an event designed to encourage employers to take on people with learning difficulties.

The employer engagement session was held at Pebblebrook School on Thursday, and was organised by Sixth Form head Jackie Robson.

Allison Harrison, the Mayor of Aylesbury also attended the event, as well as UKIP’s David Fowler.

Businesswoman Mrs Monckton, a close friend of the late Princess Diana is an advocate of disability rights, and herself has a disabled daughter.

She gave a moving speech, after meeting with staff from the Lion in Waddeson, who have taken on Pebblebrook students, and former pupil Conor Heath, 18, who now works at the school as a sports teaching assistant.

Mrs Robson said: “Through our regular work experience (our students do it for one day a week throughout the school year), we are proud to have lost four students to apprenticehsips and one to the Shaw Trust, a not-for-profit organisation helping disabled people or those at disadvantage to find and sustain employment or enjoy independent living.”

She added: “My local pub has supported us right from the start in taking on our students - it is a small family business that puts larger companies to shame.”

Mrs Monckton and the other delegates also heard an address from Asif Khan, 17,.

Asif is a former Pebblebrook student who has been doing work experience at MPMotorsportz in Aylesbury for 15 months.

Andy Leach from Buckinghamshire Care also gave a speech, on how they have taken on two students, and how they would take on more.

Mrs Monckton said: “Every school needs a Jackie, every village needs a Lion and Asif, I hope you open the garage that you want to open one day.”