Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers is a ground-breaking partnership between ENABLE Scotland, the University of Strathclyde Business SchoolScottishPower and STV.

The programme, led through ENABLE Works, enables young Scots who have a learning disability and additional barriers to education and employment to attend a leading and world-class business school, achieve an accredited qualification and gain real work with some of Scotland’s highest profile, iconic corporate employers.

Since it started in 2018, the programme has provided young disabled people with an invaluable route into employment. It has been commended by the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP and the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee MSP.

This multi-award-winning programme has been recognised as follows:

  • Winner of the Spotlight Award at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2020
  • Winner of the Widening Participation/Outreach Initiative of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2019
  • Supported University of Strathclyde to become University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2019
  • Winner of the Youth Employment Award at The Herald Diversity Awards 2018
  • Finalist in the Pioneering Project category of the Scottish Charity Awards 2018
  • Shortlisted for the Education Initiative of the Year award at the Herald Society Awards 2018

In 2019, Breaking Barriers students travelled to Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, to share their stories and hear the experiences of Spanish students.

More important than the awards, hear directly from Michael Higgins who participated in the Breaking Barriers programme explaining just what it means to him:

Find out what it means to be a Corporate Partner, and why Breaking Barriers so ground-breaking in the following video:

The video below created by former student, Hamish, explains what Breaking Barriers means to him, whilst showcasing his incredible talent for a animation nurtured on his placement with STV.

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