Common questions about our career development programme for disabled employees

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Career Development Programme for Disabled Employees

If you or an employee in your organisation has applied for or is thinking of applying for a place on one of our Career Development Courses for disabled employees you might have some questions. In the FAQs below the trainers Phil Friend and Dave Rees provide answers. If there is anything that isn’t covered below that you need to know please ask us by emailing events@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts with a Dinner at 7pm on Monday evening. Delegates will need to arrive at the venue in Edinburgh in good time for that.

How many night’s accommodation is included?

Accommodation is available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. The course ends at 1pm on Thursday.

Is accommodation available on Sunday night or Thursday night?

No - the rooms are only available from Monday to Wednesday. If delegates wish to arrive earlier or leave later hotel accommodation nearby is available.

Is the venue in central Edinburgh?

The Gogarburn Headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland is in the west of Edinburgh on the outskirts of the city.

How can I get to the venue from the train station or airport?

The venue can be reached from central Edinburgh by bus, train, tram and taxi. The trams in Edinburgh are accessible. The venue is also very close to Edinburgh Airport from where delegates can take a tram, taxi or bus to the venue.

Are transport costs to Edinburgh from where I live included in the course fee?

No – delegates will have to make their own arrangements for travelling to the venue in Edinburgh.

When does the full course fee have to be paid?

A deposit of £400 is due as soon as the delegate has been accepted onto the course. The balance will become payable 30 days before the start date of the course. Invoices can be sent to the delegate’s organisation for payment.

Will interpreters/support workers be provided?

As this course is a work-related programme we expect individuals who use support workers to meet the cost through their usual routes e.g. access to work. If there is a particular need or there are very unusual circumstances this can be discussed.

When will interpreters/support workers be needed?

In order for all delegates to participate as fully as possible, support workers/sign language interpreters will need to be present from Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm and in the daytime between 9am and 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and between 9am and 1pm on Thursday. They will also be needed on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 7 and 9 p.m. so that the disabled delegate can join in with the social event on Tuesday and "formal" evening which takes place on Wednesday

How intensive will the days be and how many breaks will there be?

There are plenty of comfort breaks provided throughout the course. If individuals need to take more time outside of the training environment this is perfectly acceptable. If support workers are being used particularly sign language interpreters we will do our very best to ensure that they have regular and adequate breaks.

Are all meals included?

Meals on Monday evening, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning are included.

I have dietary requirements – will they be met?

Yes but please let us know any dietary requirements as soon as possible and at the latest ten days before the start of the course.

Will I need to do any homework before the course starts?

A month before the course begins you will be sent a Course Workbook to complete.

You will also need to find, read and bring with you policies the organisation you work for has on disability and adjustments.

Will materials be available in alternative formats?

Yes but please let us know as soon as possible and at least a month in advance what formats you need.

I have specific adjustment needs – is there someone I can speak to about the venue and the course to identify what I might need in order to be participate as fully as possible.

Yes – please contact events@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk and we will speak to you about your needs.

Will everything said on the course be confidential or might it be fed back to my employer?

The course trainers do not talk about any of the course content to anyone outside the course itself. They will not feedback any information to any of the employers and will not repeat what individual delegates say outside of the course environment. All those attending are asked to agree to this "rule".

How intensive will the days be and how many breaks will there be?

There are plenty of comfort breaks provided throughout the course. If individuals need to take more time outside of the training environment this is perfectly acceptable. If support workers are being used particularly sign language interpreters we will do our very best to ensure that they have regular and adequate breaks.