Pathways Academy, a programme to give disabled people the skills to start a career in inclusive design and access, has won Best Career Development Initiative at the Women in Housing Awards.
Just three years after its launch in 2020, Pathways has already proven instrumental in supporting young disabled Londoners into work with 67% of the 40 pathways graduates now working in inclusion-related roles. The training programme is run by inclusive design and access specialist Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) which is part of Habinteg Housing Association.
The nine-month Academy provides students – such as Emily pictured above - with training to develop their knowledge and skills in access and disability awareness in the built environment.
Students learn technical inclusive design skills such as audits, website accessibility, housing standards and wayfinding in online and in-person lessons. They also receive practical experience of report writing, presenting and how to start out as an access and inclusion consultant. “This is a fantastic recognition of the impact of Pathways with over two thirds of our trainees now working in inclusion related roles” said CAE’s Head of Business Development, Fara Muneer.
“Involving disabled people in the design and awareness of an inclusive built environment is the only way we will see a step change in removing barriers in society.”
The 2023 Women in Housing Awards celebrates leaders, innovators and change-makers across the housing sector.