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New guidelines to support young deaf people into work

24 June 2013

  • SDS Press Release Archive

Work under way to improve job prospects for deaf school leavers in Scotland

A new resource aimed at improving the post-school transition for deaf young people as they make their first steps into the world of work has been launched.

A Template for Success has been developed by NDCS in partnership with Donaldson's School and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It promotes good practice for professionals, highlighting the rights of deaf young people and professionals' responsibilities towards them during post-school transition.

It is important that young deaf people are supported and able to benefit from opportunities in further education, training and work throughout Scotland. In turn it is hoped this will also help narrow the gap in career prospects between deaf young people and their hearing peers.

Danny Logue, Operations Director at SDS said:

"This new template sets out good practice and will help professionals think about and understand exactly how they fit into the wider transitions process to ensure that deaf young people have the best transitional outcomes possible."

Dr Anne Lennon, Interim Director for NDCS Scotland, said:

"It is absolutely vital that deaf young people are supported when they leave secondary school. With the right support deaf young people can achieve anything, but very often they encounter barriers such as a lack of deaf awareness or appropriate communication support.

"NDCS is delighted to have worked with SDS and Donaldson's School to create A Template for Success. We are confident it will provide professionals, such as careers advisers and those working in job centres, with the right tools that will help them ensure that deaf young people have access to the information and support they need to ensure they can fulfil their potential."

Janice MacNeill, Principal of Donaldson's School, added:

'Young deaf adults deserve the best support available to help them transition into meaningful employment , further education or training.  I hope this resource will help professionals signpost young people to the right agencies and support.
"The process of developing 'The Template for Success' has been an excellent example of organisations working in partnership to benefit and empower this group of young adults."

Welcoming the launch of the template, Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment said:

"I recognise that young deaf people face unique challenges that may complicate their educational achievements as well as their plans for future learning, training and work. It is important the right support is in place for young deaf people when they need it.

"This template complements our Post-16 Transitions Policy and Practice Framework and is a welcome resource that will help to improve the transition planning process for deaf young people as they move towards the world of work."

The template is an invaluable tool for professionals working with deaf young people and is structured according to different types or stages of transition. It provides guidance for communicating effectively with deaf young people and helps agencies consider how they work in partnership with each other.

Read A Template for Success on the NDCS website.


For further information, please contact:
Fiona Riddell, External Communications, Skills Development Scotland
0141 285 6127 or

Kirsty Whitelock, Head of Media & PR, National Deaf Children's Society
020 7014 1146 or - for all your work, skills and learning needs - making skills work for employers

Notes to editors:
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. NDCS works to ensure deaf children get the support they need by providing impartial advice to families about the range of communication methods open to them and by campaigning on their behalf.

For further support, parents can contact the NDCS Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), email, or chat online at

Donaldson's is Scotland's national school for children who are deaf or have communication difficulties.

Watch a video about SDS Careers Adviser Craig Phillips, who has severe high frequency hearing loss:

For further information please read this case study of student David Theaker, originally from Helensburgh.