Deaf-specific jobsite launched
The new jobsite, which is now available on the Hearing Times website, will facilitate the search for jobs and include interesting roles matching the skills profiles of deaf and hard of hearing jobseekers as well as a range of jobs in the hearing industry. Another section will provide support and information, with invaluable career advice from industry professionals, which will be updated periodically.
About 3.5 million people of working age (16-65 years) are deaf or hard of hearing*. Of these, 160,000 are severely or profoundly deaf. According to statistics from the British Society for Mental Health and Deafness, deaf people are far more likely to be unemployed. Indeed, the unemployment rate in the Deaf Community lies at 13% – a staggering 9% higher than the national average of 4%.**
With the launch of the first jobsite of its kind, Hearing Times will proactively help to tackle the high unemployment rate among people in the UK with hearing loss. Hearing Times Editor, Helen Dewey, says, “We developed the idea of a HT jobsite after repeatedly learning of the difficulties faced by unemployed people with hearing loss.”
“Not only will new jobs be posted daily but there will be section on courses and training available to people with hearing loss. You can even subscribe to weekly updates and be the first to apply to new vacancies and courses, whether you are unemployed or looking to take a step up the career ladder!”
Since its creation in 2008, Hearing Times newspaper has been a point of reference for hearing aid dispensers, audiologists, charities, lipreading teachers, BSL language students, and deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Jobs on the new website can be shared and sent to friends, and the site can be accessed on PCs, laptops, phones, tablets and other internet-capable devices.
Editor Helen Dewey adds, “We are extremely proud to be able to launch this unique website and look forward to the feedback from long-time and new HT readers. Although we don’t anticipate any problems, we hope that readers will bear with us in the event that issues should arise.”
The £3,000 grant awarded by the Big Lottery Fund earlier this year helped in the development of this much-needed resource, which will be unique in providing unbiased, relevant and in-depth news and features of interest from local, national and international sources.