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UNIVERSITY graduates – and undergraduates – with disabilities are being given the chance to work at the heart of government.

The Civil Service is now recruiting for its 2010 Fast Stream Summer Placement Scheme and is seeking talented disabled students and recent graduates to take part.

Successful applicants will be involved in research, assisting on policy documents and attending meetings with senior advisors on major issues.

The skills and experience gained could enable disabled people to enter the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme – an accelerated development programme aimed at people who have the potential to become the Civil Service leaders of tomorrow.

Disability charity Scope is working with the Cabinet Office on the scheme.

In addition to helping recruit disabled people, it will be providing support for disabled interns who participate, including advice and guidance on reasonable adjustments and disability equality training for line managers.

Rhonda Calder, head of Fast Stream Marketing & Outreach Diversity at the Cabinet Office, said:

“Disabled people have the right to the same employment-related opportunities in life as their non-disabled peers and have a great deal to contribute. Organisations that seek to include talent from as wide a range of people as possible ultimately benefit in the long-term.

“This scheme will help these students make their first step on the career ladder and gain the skills and experience that could potentially lead to a career in the Civil Service.”

Applicants must be considered disabled under the definition of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and have a minimum expected (or awarded) 2:2 degree in any subject.

Some of the placements look for people who have an economics degree, or are currently studying economics (or a joint degree where 50% of their course modules are economics) or a degree with some statistical content.

Placements range from a period of six to nine weeks and will run across June and August.

The closing date is 4 January 2010.

www.civilservice.gov.uk/summerdiversity

www.scope.org.uk