The new training manager for a charity that trains young adults with learning disabilities is Kings Langley resident Cassandra (Cass) Langham, a special needs teacher who is originally from Australia.
Cass, 39, is a highly experienced teacher of children and teenagers with a wide range of learning disabilities.
As training manager for the new charity Mission EmployAble, Cass is in charge of the charity’s first Supported Internship programme for young adults with learning disabilities, which began on September 6 in Chorleywood.
Cass initially worked as an occasional volunteer with Mission EmployAble and when the charity advertised for a training manager soon afterwards, Cass said she “jumped at the chance” to apply.
“An opportunity like this where I can utilise my skills within such an innovative programme was impossible to ignore and I was delighted to be offered the position,” she said.
Cass gained a Bachelor of Learning Management degree from Central Queensland University in 2005 and since then has taught in primary and secondary schools in Melbourne, Australia and also in Yorkshire, where one of her favourite memories was taking pupils with special educational needs to camp in the seaside town of Whitby.
In Australia, Cass spent a year teaching a group of mainly indigenous students with complex learning needs.
“This position provided me with valuable experience in catering for diversity” said Cass.
Katharine Weston, chair of Mission EmployAble said: “With her previous experience of running work experience and life skills programmes for young adults with learning disabilities, Cass is the perfect choice for training manager for our first interns.”
For more information about Mission EmployAble’s Supported Internships, which are open to young adults in Herts, Bucks and beyond who have a learning disability: www.missionemployable.co.uk
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