21 Jan 14


I have Down’s Syndrome but went to a mainstream school and I didn’t get many qualifications that would help me get a job and got no real career advice. I went from school to two different colleges and I felt I was doing courses just because they didn’t know what else to do with me.

I went to another place that was supposed to help me find paid work, but I don’t just want a job in a supermarket stacking shelves, I don’t want to work in a fast food place, I don’t want to work outside and I don’t like getting my hands dirty or muddy. I can do more than that but these are the only types of jobs that people offer me and I’ve never been asked what I wanted to do.

I have been living on my own for over five years and I spoke to my parents and I told them I didn’t want to carry on in education. I want a paid job but all I get is work experience. Everywhere I go they help me write a CV, teach me how to fill in applications and how to act in an interview, then they leave me and start working with someone else. This makes me feel upset.

All I want is a paid job and if I was matched with an employer then this would overcome the first big hurdle to getting an interview. People like me with a learning disability find it very difficult to get beyond the application stage. Employers look at what we can’t do not what we can do. Talent Match London will help with this.

I have done a lot of volunteering and I’m tired of that. Now I only want three things, my own house, a wife and a paid job. Isn’t that normal?

Sometimes the news tells us what young people today are like, it’s normally bad news but we’re not all bad. Talent Match with London Youth looks at things differently. It’s unique in that it is led by London’s youths for London’s youths. How can that not be a good thing for us?