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Support for employers

Inclusive employer toolkit

This Inclusive employer toolkit has been created by City College Norwich, Centre for Excellence in SEND (community), to inform and support all employers in their work with apprentices who have a learning difficulty, difference and/or disability. This guide will give an overview of a number of different difficulties and disabilities, and strategies to support those apprentices in their work activities and around the work environment.

Screenshot of the Inclusive employer toolkit created by City College Norwich

Employer engagement

The Right Place – work placements for students with SEND, is a free online interactive course created by the Foundation in partnership with Mencap. The course has three modules: planning, engaging employers and job coaching in the work place; throughout the course young people with SEND, employers and job coaches share their experience. The course contains useful resources for download.

Screenshot from the Right Place online course showing the Employer engagement module.

Employer Academies

At Derby College, Centre for Excellence in SEND (curriculum) they have established Employer Academies. In this video David Torrington, Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions talks about how they support learners with SEND into the Employer Academy they've set up with Derby College.

Finding work experience for young people with SEND

Engaging employers to find work experience for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is a guide to post 16 providers produced by the Preparing for Adulthood programme. It provides advice on how to engage and work with employers so that you can gain work experience and placements for learners with SEND.

Holding a business challenge day

The Develop Cluster Group worked with the Mitie Foundation who co-produced a Business Challenge Day for their high needs learners. This enterprise day was to inspire and showcase our learners’ capability to prospective employers who could potentially offer work experience or paid work in the future.  Read the case study and see the supporting resources.