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Ability programme

Birkbeck Future’s Ability Programme is a dedicated course for students and recent graduates with a disability, neurodiverse or long term health condition, who are looking to get advice on finding a job they will love, supercharge job applications and get the opportunity to connect with disability confident employers.


From October to April, we run workshops covering topics such as applying for work with a disability, disclosure, confidence building, what is your unique ability and much more.

There is the opportunity to connect with alumni and employers through dedicated employer-led sessions. These enable employers to highlight their organisations and the opportunities available for those with a disability, neurodiverse or long term health condition.

2019-20 Ability Programme schedule

  • 17 October 2019: What is disability? Your unique ability workshop 
  • 23 October 2019: Building confidence in your job search workshop
  • 12 November 2019: Autumn Term EmployAbility one-to-one sessions day
  • 21 November 2019: EmployAbility disclosure and adjustments workshop
  • 4 December 2019: Disability rights and employment law workshop - Muscular Dystrophy UK
  • 15 January 2020: Entrepreneurs with a disability workshop
  • 12 February 2020: Kaleidoscope Investments PIPP1 event (Pre-Investment Preparation Programme 1)
  • 25 February 2020: Spring Term EmployAbility one-to-one sessions day
  • 2 March 2020: Alumni networking event
  • 10 March 2020: Creating your openness statement
  • 19 March 2020: Disability confident employer panel event


In addition to the face-to-face workshops, we have designed bespoke on-line learning tools specifically for those undertaking the programme and our Experienced Employability Consultants are on hand to offer one to one careers advice.


We work with employers to identify paid work experience opportunities for those undertaking the programme. Previous placement employers have included The Telegraph, Reed Smith, Wells Tobias and Bloomsbury Festival.


We are proud to be working with the following organisations to deliver the programme and support those taking part:


If you are interested in being part of the Ability Programme, please send the team an email.