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Employers and employability

Learners with SEND can face real challenges finding and sustaining employment. The resources on this page and the associated sub-pages: Support for learners, Support for employers and Pathways to employment will help you to engage with employers, and support learners with SEND to find and sustain work.

Employer led activities

We are delighted to announce eight new FE providers will be jointly delivering with employers from a whole range of sectors to showcase the benefits of employing learners with SEND and having a diverse workforce. The eight new FE providers and employers are:

  • Activate Learning with NHS and start up businesses
  • Dynamic Training with health and social care
  • Hampshire County Council with construction (highways)
  • London South East Colleges with theatres, creative arts and sport
  • LTE Group with NHS and start up businesses
  • Luminate Group with energy providers
  • National Star with wealth and facilities management, and self employment
  • Oldham College with ‘trendy’ small and medium enterprises

Check the ETF booking system to register for employer led events

Why diversifying your workforce is good for business

Hear directly from a range of employers on how employing young people with special educational needs and disabilities has improved their businesses. The young people benefit but so do the whole workforce and their customers, and of course it’s the right thing to do! If you’d like a copy of Why diversifying your workforce is good for business, do contact

Access to work

Access to work is a Government scheme to support people who are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition to be able to undertake their work. A grant can enable the purchase of special equipment, adaptations or support worker services.

Preparing for Adulthood have produced an Access to work fund guidance document to help providers determine if a person about to start a supported internship or traineeship might benefit from applying for a grant.

This Access to Work new process presentation, created by City College Norwich, Centre for Excellence in SEND (community) explains the processes required when claiming Access to Work funding, as at the time of creation October 2020.


Professional development

Do take a look at the Foundation's wide range of courses, many of them relevant to those supporting learners with SEND, together with our bespoke SEND offer, take a look at our new SEND brochure for more information.

Visit the News and Events page for the latest course and event updates. Are you a SET member? If so you'll have access to professional development webinars that cover a whole range of topics to help you support learners with SEND.

Join the SEND conversation #SENDinFE

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