Edward’s talents secure award

Edward Keenan
Edward Keenan

A Falkirk man has been rewarded for his endeavours in the workplace.

Edward Keenan was nominated for the Scotland’s Got Talent award by his former head teacher at Carrongrange School, Gillian Robertson.

The newly launched awards acknowledge the contribution and achievements of people with learning disabilities in employment.

Edward works as a lifeguard at Grangemouth Sports Complex as well as providing seasonal cover for the pool at Carrongrange.

He was presented with his award at a special event in Edinburgh last week.

Gillian said: “Everyone who taught Edward is extremely proud of him.

“He is a very worthy winner.”

The Scotland’s Got Talent campaign was run by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability, which is holding a series of events around the country this year to challenge the high rates of unemployment for people with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum.

Director Lisa Curtice said: “Employment is a theme that brings together key areas of our work from education and training, to support services and changing social attitudes.

“At the moment 86 per cent of people with a learning disability of working age are unemployed, compared with 7.7 per cent for the rest of society.

“We hope organisations and individuals across the country will follow the example set by Edward and his employers in challenging and encouraging more Scottish businesses to hire people with learning disabilities and local authorities to provide services that will support people into work.”