Welcome to Landau
At Landau, we understand how difficult finding the right job can be. We know the personal-challenges that may need to be overcome to enable you to find employment. Since 1995 we have helped a range of people, which have a whole spectrum of needs, to find long-term and sustainable employment; of their choice. Support and guidance is offered to the employer, to ensure that the employer can identify the right person for the job.
Landau challenges UK business sector to put talent before disability.
Landau has today challenged the UK’s six million businesses to put talent before disability as we continue to campaign for greater workforce diversity.
Just a few days after receiving a royal seal of approval with a Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity, we are calling for employers to sign our new pledge as part of our ongoing ‘We See You’ initiative.
We’re asking organisations to become disability confident employers, provide training for staff, make workplace adjustments and adopt a ‘talent first not disability’ culture to drive greater inclusivity.
They can sign the pledge from today (Monday, May 10), the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, and it will be available throughout 2021 for businesses to commit their support.
Sonia Roberts, our CEO, said: “Launching this pledge is a significant step in our campaign for achieving greater workplace diversity nationally and we do hope businesses will show their support by signing up.
“Around 8.4 million working aged people in the UK have a disability and that includes those with a mental illness or learning disability. However, alarmingly, only 52% of these people are in paid employment.
“This demonstrates we have a lot of work still to do in terms of increasing diversity across workplaces in general, but businesses can start to make a difference today by signing our pledge.
“Taking simple steps such as providing training to staff on how they can support people with mental illness or a learning disability can instantly create more inclusive work environments for everyone.
“Understanding an individual’s needs and making simple adjustments in the workplace to support them can also promote efficiency and creativity and its these things we are asking businesses to think about and show a commitment to.
“Attracting job applications from people with a disability can have a wide range of positive benefits for employers — from widening the talent pool of potential candidates to increasing workplace productivity and job retention.”
We launched our ‘We See You’ initiative in March to showcase to business the inspirational stories of some of the 3,000 people a year, including military veterans and those with mental health and other personal challenges, which we are helping into long-term, sustainable employment.
As a charity, we’re proud to lead by example when it comes to diversity and currently 24% of our own employees are recognised as having a disability.
Last year we became a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence for our IPS service and the work we do to help people with mental health conditions secure sustainable employment.
Our service has also been recognised nationally by The RAND Corporation — an independent research organisation that guides changes in public policy — and in 2020 we became the highest scoring RAND reviewed service in the UK.
Currently, 25% of all our service users are categorised as having mental health issues and this is a figure which continues to rise, in large part, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
We operate training sites across the Midlands and have an online presence spanning the whole of England and Scotland.
To sign the ‘We See You’ pledge visit:
You can also follow the campaign on our social media channels: @landaulimited on Facebook, Landau Limited on LinkedIn and @landaulimited on Twitter.
Landau wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Landau has received recognition at the highest level after being awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
We are one of just 205 companies across the UK to be recognised with an award, announced today, Thursday, April 29.
We have been handed the top business accolade for Promoting Opportunity (through Social Mobility) for our impressive range of employment and training programmes and for helping thousands of people to turn their lives around.
New stylists are ready to wash and go after celeb salon opening
Students with learning differences in Stoke have combs and brushes at the ready at a new dedicated hair and beauty training salon, which was opened by award winning stylists to the stars, Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko.
The Smile & Style salon has been developed by employment charity Landau at its Newstead training and enterprise centre in Waterside Drive, which has remained open throughout lockdown to support the most vulnerable in society and to ensure those with learning differences receive the support they need.
Attending the opening alongside Blurton West and Newstead councillor Maxine Clark and salon trainees Shelbie Webb and Rowena Clarke were Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko, directors of award-winning Royston Blythe Hair Salons and stylist to celebrities including Katy Perry and Jackie Collins.
The celebrity hairdressing duo pledged to return to the training centre later in the year and extended an invitation to trainees to visit them in their salon too. Nick also provided words of wisdom to the trainee students, saying: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something — you can, because you are you.”
The salon features the latest hair and beauty equipment thanks to a partnership with specialist British manufacturer REM, known across the world for its hair and beauty salon production facilities.
Sonia Roberts, CEO of Landau, said the salon would support students working towards achieving NOCN Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 Vocational Studies qualifications in hair and beauty.
“We are so excited the salon is finished and can open as a facility for students under current government guidance for learners taking part in vocational training.
“It’s a superb addition to our existing facilities at Stoke and means we can support those service users with an interest in the health and beauty sector to gain the skills and qualifications they need to go on and gain employment in the industry.
“Until now, the training for our students has been largely theory-based but with the salon open, they can put all their knowledge and skills into practice.”
Investment in the disability friendly salon follows an increase in demand for vocational training opportunities for young people.
The charity, which is headquartered in Telford, has already started advertising for its September placements and will be opening the salon to the community to offer hair appointments to local residents once restrictions ease next week.
Stoke Training Services Manager, Sharon Bradshaw, added: “We are all very excited about the opening of the new salon. It’s a wonderful addition to the centre and broadens opportunities for our service users to gain new skills in a specialist area of work.
“We currently only have a small cohort of students using the salon at any one time and have guidelines in place to make sure everyone is kept safe.”
Landau has been operating its Stoke training and enterprise centre for the last five years, providing a range of opportunities for those with learning differences through its Creating Futures – Skills and Enterprise Programme.
Landau offers a wide range of qualifications from Entry Level to Level 2 courses in Employability, Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT as well as vocational led qualifications in Hair and Beauty, Horticulture, Hospitality and Catering, Sport and Leisure, Health and Social Care and Business Administration.
For further information about Landau and to make a donation towards its projects, visit the website: https://www.landau.co.uk/donations/donate-to-landau/
Landau says “We See You” as we launch new workplace diversity campaign
Today we are launching a new campaign to drive greater diversity in workplaces across the UK.
The We See You campaign will tell the inspiring stories of some of the 3,000 people we’ve helped into training or employment, highlighting the benefits to organisations that commit to a more inclusive culture.
The initiative was unveiled today (March 29) to coincide with the start of Autism Awareness Week and will continue throughout 2021 to encourage vulnerable people looking for employment and training opportunities to seek help and employers to pledge their support.
We have a successful 25-year history of delivering supported employment and training services across the UK.
Sonia Roberts, our CEO, said: “Around 700,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with autism yet only around 16% of them are in full-time education.
“Launching the We See You campaign this week allows us to shine a spotlight on those people with hidden disabilities and challenges who with the right help and training can be supported into the workforce.”
“But throughout the year we will be focusing on a range of workplace equality and diversity issues and encouraging employers to really ‘see’ the individuals and the talent pool available to them.
“All of our services are heavily focused around delivering individual interventions. That means we work very hard to get to know every person who walks through our doors so that we can understand their aspirations. We then develop a pathway to learning or employment which builds on their existing skills and strengths so that we can help them achieve their life-long goals.
“Our expertise lies in matching people’s experience and skills to the right training programmes or jobs, and we have a highly successful track record of making sure these opportunities are sustainable long term.
“We See You is about making sure people know we see them as an individual, regardless of any challenges they may face – disability, learning difficulties, vulnerability or otherwise.
“We want to celebrate the achievements of those we provide support to and make sure those who need help know where to find us.
“Getting more businesses to adopt a diverse and inclusive culture in their workplaces is also central to this campaign as this will help to broaden the opportunities for the most vulnerable people in our society and help reduce unemployment.
“Together we can make a real change and we hope this campaign will have an impact.”
We currently work with more than 3,000 people, including military veterans and those with mental health and other personal challenges, which over time may have become a barrier to gaining employment or training.
Throughout Autism Awareness Week, we will be celebrating several key achievements including the success of our online autism course which is being delivered on a national scale for the Department for Work and Pensions.
We will also showcase a range of success stories from individuals who have received ongoing support from us, and these will be shared online through our social media platforms in the form of podcasts and short interviews.
To follow the campaign visit @landaulimited on Facebook, Landau Limited on Linkedin and @landaulimited on Twitter.
Celebrating Landau’s 25th anniversary
We present the Landau Shop!
Looking for a way to support Landau or want to know more about the people we support?
Our 25th Anniversary book is now available in our brand new virtual shop!
To mark our 25th Anniversary, the inspirational new book features the achievements and success stories of those benefitting from Landau’s vital services.
Chief executive Sonia Roberts said: “we are absolutely delighted to be celebrating such a significant milestone in the charity’s history and thrilled that so many people have come together to share their positive experiences and achievements in this new anniversary book.
Landau helps thousands of disadvantaged and isolated people each year to fulfill their dreams and potential by supporting them to find training and employment so there is no one more qualified to tell our story than those who have inspired, who have served and who have been impacted by our work.”
25 years of Changing Lives and Creating Futures!
Landau started life as a supported employment service set up by the county council for day centre users but, backed by government funding and the newly-formed National Lottery, it became a charity and began helping people into work.
To mark 25 years it has issued a book featuring some of the people it has helped including 27-year-old Daniel Noon.
Mr Noon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, “struggled quite a bit” in mainstream education, he said, and was not sure what he would do afterwards.
His passion was for public transport, an interest sparked by his father’s job as an engineer for the former British Rail.
Following a Skills for Life course at Walsall College, he joined a Landau study programme covering areas such as numeracy, literacy, teamwork and work experience but then he found his “dream job”.
A weekly placement with Network Rail led to impressed bosses offering him a permanent job helping passengers navigate Birmingham’s New Street Station.
“I always wanted to work with public transport and with trains and where they operate,” he said adding he rarely needs his work tablet such is his knowledge of routes and of New Street, the busiest interchange station in Britain.
“I enjoy helping people. I’m a people person,” he said.
Landau is incredibly proud of the work it has done helping thousands of individuals like Daniel, to read more click here!
Princess Anne Visits Landau
The Princess recently unveiled a plaque to mark Landau’s 25th anniversary of helping thousands of people across the West Midlands.
On arrival at the Marches Marches Construction Ready Partnership Training Hub in Trench, the Princess was met by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Jenny Wynn, who introduced her to chief executive Sonia Roberts.
Among the students she spoke to was 31-year-old army veteran Teri Elder, who suffered from depression and homelessness after leaving the forces, but now runs her own business offering support to people going through similar problems.
Teri, who lives in Staffordshire, said she was nervous but very excited to meet the Princess.
“She asked me what I did, and I told her that I walk and talk with people about their problems, and what they would like to do, and how they could take action,” she said.
The charity works with some of the most vulnerable in society, including veterans, those with learning disabilities and looked-after children.
Mrs Roberts said: “We were absolutely delighted to host The Princess Royal here today and for her to hear the inspiring stories of some of the 3,000 plus young people and adults we support.”
Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020
We confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19
FIVE STEPS TO SAFERWORKING TOGETHER
1. We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here.
2. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance.
3. We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work safely from a COVID-19 Secure workplace or work from home.
4. We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace.
5. Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have ensured at least a 1m distance and taken all the mitigating actions possible to manage transmission risk.
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