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Let’s Work it Out

Deaf young people and employment

30 November 2021 | Online conference

This year’s conference is aimed at professionals working with deaf young people aged 13 to 25 years. You will find out how to support deaf young people who are beginning to think about moving into employment or gaining work experience.

Why should you attend?

Hear from high-profile leaders

Learn from high-profile leaders and practitioners about the support available to deaf young people in their preparation for employment.


Learn about practical tools you can use to support deaf young people’s transition to independence.


Get access to a range of free resources.

Close up of smiling deaf young woman

Conference overview

With the right support deaf people can work everywhere, but they are twice as likely to be unemployed as their hearing peers. Deaf young people are often poorly informed about their rights and the support available to them in the workplace. However, together we can make a difference in closing the employment gap.

Our conference will highlight best practice and guidance and give you practical ideas for supporting deaf young people on their journey into employment. The event will focus on three themes:


How you can support deaf young people to access opportunities and move into work, including volunteering, work experience, and employability programmes.


The broad range of jobs and careers available to deaf young people.


Tools and resources available for providing tailored careers support to deaf young people.

Deaf young man at work talking to manager

Young people will play a central role in the conference. You will learn first-hand from deaf young people about their personal experiences in employment.

Exciting new virtual conference centre

This year, we will be broadcasting via a customised virtual conference centre that will include:

questions and answers

presentations, videos and live questions and answers with leading experts

recorded content

recorded content that you can access for up to 29 days after the event

unique experience

a unique experience – you'll have the opportunity to network with other delegates and exhibitors in our virtual lobby, auditorium, exhibition hall and lounge areas

virtual conference bag

a virtual conference bag where you can save useful resources and information to access later.

Deaf young man smiling


All videos and presentations will have a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter and captions.

The live question and answer sessions will be covered by BSL interpreters and a palantypist. Delegates can ask questions in the live question and answer via a chat function, or if they prefer can turn on their camera to ask questions using BSL. BSL interpreters will be available for communicating with exhibitors during the lunch hour and for the final half-hour of the day. Chat and video functions will also be available for communicating with exhibitors.

Can’t join us for the whole day?

Don’t worry

Don’t worry, your ticket will give you access to the individual presentations for up to 29 days after the event, so that you can watch them whenever suits you best.


Download PDF version of agenda

30 November, 2021

9.00 AM

Welcome from the Chair

Lisa Capper MBE 
Principal/Director of Education and Skills, Nacro

9.05 AM

Deaf young people on employment

Alumni Youth Advisory Board (YAB) member

Visual Merchandiser and Youtuber

9.10 AM

Deaf Role Models. What it’s like being a deaf person working in… What makes it work?

Ifan Roberts
Inspector engineer, Rolls Royce

Asha Hylton
NHS nurse

Jodie Ounsley
England rugby player

9.15 AM

Deaf Role Models live questions and answers

9.40 AM

Employment support available to deaf young people after leaving education

Debbie Bradford
Programme Manager, Disability and Work Opportunities, Department for Work and Pensions

Ian Milton
Policy Adviser, Disability and Work Opportunities, Department for Work and Pensions

10.00 AM

Department of Work and Pensions live questions and answers

10.20 – 10.35 AM


10.35 AM

Know Your Rights: Employers’ obligations under the Equality Act 2010

Dr Joanna Kerr
Employment law specialist, Barrister at Lamb Chambers

10.50 AM

Dr Joanna Kerr live questions and answers

11.10 AM

Supporting deaf young people to volunteer / gain work experience

Deaf Young Volunteer and Mentor, National Deaf Children’s Society

Andy Lloyd
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross

Stacey Betts
Assistant Principal, Doncaster Deaf Trust

Suzie Beaumont
Careers Lead, Doncaster Deaf Trust

Damian Ball
Young Futures Manager, National Deaf Children’s Society

11.35 AM

Volunteering and work experience live questions and answers and panel discussion

Mark Bolton
Deputy Director Young People, National Deaf Children’s Society

11.55 AM

Improving self-determination amongst deaf young people: results and perspectives from the READY study

Professor Alys Young
Professor of Social Work, University of Manchester

12.15 AM

Professor Alys Young live questions and answers

12.35 – 1.45 PM

Lunch / Exhibition

1.45 PM

How to find apprenticeships and traineeships – what support is available to deaf young people?

Anna Morrison CBE
Director and Founder of Amazing Apprenticeships

Martin McLean
Lead Careers Campaign and Post 14 Policy and Practice, National Deaf Children’s Society

2.12 PM

Anna Morrison and Martin McLean live questions and answers

2.30 PM

Strengthening local pathways for deaf young people

Dr Sarah Collinson
Senior Local Campaigns Lead, National Deaf Children’s Society

2.52 PM

Dr Sarah Collinson live questions and answers

3.10 – 3.25 PM


3.25 PM

Summer Camp Experiences for Deaf Youth: Fostering self-determination

Claire E Ryan
School Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Austin,
Graduate Research Assistant National Deaf Centre on Postsecondary Outcomes, USA

3.46 PM

Claire E Ryan live questions and answers

4.05 PM

Deaf young people on volunteering and employment live questions and answers/panel discussion

YAB Alumni

YAB Alumni

Deaf Young Volunteer and Mentor

4.25 PM

Closing remarks

Sylvan Dewing
Principal, the Deaf Academy

4.30 – 5.00 PM

Exhibition Hall and final networking


Approximately 1 week before the conference, we will send you joining instructions, including login details. You will need a desktop, laptop or tablet so that you can navigate the conference site with ease. You may like to use a video camera or microphone, but these are not compulsory.
We will have BSL Interpreters and palantypists as standard. Please let us know if you have any additional access/communication support needs. Please contact us at
Yes. If you are waiting for a PO number to be approved, enter 'to be confirmed' when registering and let us know the number once approved.
If you need our bank details in order to add the National Deaf Children's Society as a supplier on your finance system, please contact us and we can send these to you
No, the login details are for one person only.
The event will be recorded and you will be able to access it for 29 days afterward, but you must purchase your place by 22 November. Recordings will not be available to people who did not purchase their place ahead of time.
The on-demand content will be hosted for 29 days following the event. This will include the presentations, but not the Q&A sessions. You will be able to access exhibitor information that has been uploaded to their stand but will not be able to interact with them live after the 30th of November.