Torridge District Council has joined a charity programme to offer paid work experience to disabled students and graduates. The Change 100 programme is run by the Leonard Cheshire charity, with employers offering three months of work experience. Councillor Jane Whittaker, Torridge leader, said: As a small local authority it was great for Torridge to play an active role in this very important and highly regarded programme. When some organisations see the word disability they immediately have a set of filters and preconceptions which can cloud their judgement when considering disabled applicants for permanent positions. Here at Torridge we set out to recognise talent, which hopefully makes us a more enlightened and better employer for not only those with disabilities but all of our staff. HR manager, Sarah Ayre, added: This was more than a work experience initiative; Anna was of a very high standard, fitted in well with our HR Team, and has made a positive contribution to the team, delivering a valuable piece of work which helps take our HR service forward. Hosting our student has made me rethink how we operate in terms of being an employer for disabled candidates, both in terms of the opportunities we can offer as an employer and the benefits to the council of attracting and retaining talent from diverse backgrounds. Student Anna Wolf said her experience at Torridge was wonderful. She added: Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and supportive of the ideas I have brought to the HR service. Im incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity, and am happy to be an example of what people with disabilities have to offer.