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Local MP visits Yorkshire Water with Lighthouse interns for National Autism Awareness Week

April 4, 2017 3:11 PM

Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has joined the Lighthouse School in their visit to Yorkshire Water's Headingley Treatment Works in Weetwood as part of National Autism Awareness Week.

Yorkshire Water is part way through a yearlong internship programme for students with an autistic spectrum condition. The interns are from the Lighthouse School in Cookridge, which is a school for young people aged 11 to 19 with an autistic spectrum condition or related communication disorder. Parents of children with these conditions set up the Lighthouse School, which is Yorkshire's first special free school, with the backing of the Department for Education.

During Greg's visit with the school, pupils learned more about the technical side of Yorkshire Water's business. They enjoyed a tour of the works, which supplies clean safe drinking water to the whole of Leeds, and had a chat with Greg about the roles they are doing at Yorkshire Water, which include IT, Finance, and Payroll.

Greg at Yorkshire WaterCommenting, Greg said:
"I was delighted to visit Yorkshire Water's Headingley Treatment Works with students from the Lighthouse School. It was great to see the work that Yorkshire Water is doing to ensure that their recruitment process is accessible to all. It is something that more companies need to be doing locally and nationally.

"Yorkshire Water are right to highlight the shockingly low proportion of adults on the Autism spectrum and with learning difficulties who are in paid employment, and I am pleased to see that they are taking steps to increase that proportion here in Leeds."

Emily Brady of Yorkshire Water added:
"It's great to see the interns out and about learning more about what Yorkshire Water does. The internship programme is a vital way of building their confidence and communication skills to prepare them for the workplace.

"Once the interns have finished their placement we'll be encouraging them to apply for our apprenticeship scheme or entry level roles that we offer. The fact that only 6% of adults with learning disabilities in England are in paid employment is shocking, and as a National Equality Standard certified company we're challenging that by doing all we can to widen our recruitment pools." Greg at Yorkshire Water

Greg at Yorkshire Water