Tirath proves to be an inspiration for deaf students

Published: January 19, 2018

Tirath Cane has refused to let a lack of hearing prevent her from getting on the career ladder – and is now working with one of the biggest-name companies in the world.

With the help of Telford College, she has secured a job as a warehouse operator and fork-lift truck driver at the Jaguar Land Rover plant, just off the M54.

Tirath signed up on one of the two-week training programmes which Telford College has been running to train staff for supply chain syncreon, across the West Midlands.

British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters were invited into the session, to work in partnership with the college’s tutors on delivering the warehousing and fork-lift training programme.

Tirath, from Oxley in Wolverhampton, said: “I signed up for the Telford College course because I wanted to learn new skills regarding health and safety, and customer service.

“I found the two-week course very valuable, and was supported by BSL interpreters who were able to clarify all the information.

“Through syncreon, I now have a job at Jaguar Land Rover, with support through Access To Work, for a BSL interpreter.”

Tirath Cane | Telford College

Tirath Cane | Telford College

Telford College tutor Matthew Blackham said: “Tirath is a self-motivated and reliable person who thrived on challenges within the group sessions.

“The BSL interpreters also played a vital role in providing the relevant assistance required.

“Tirath showed a willingness to learn and provide ideas in a confident manner, and established a good camaraderie with the other group members.”

He added: “Being deaf can be an isolating experience, and opportunities for group work and discussion are one of the major benefits of educating deaf students in a mainstream classroom.

“When organising the group work, being aware of Tirath’s needs and clarifying the topic of discussion at the outset was a must.

“Although Tirath gained and developed new skills for herself, the group and I also gained and developed new skills and approaches from her; being adaptable in meeting her needs, whilst providing an inclusive environment for all involved.”

For information about our pre-employment courses please contact Graham Reynolds 01952 642571 or graham.reynolds@telfordcollege.ac.uk.