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Support for employers

Understanding what employers need

Understanding what employers want need to employ learners with SEND webinar explores the benefits for employers to engage with learners with SEND and understand what employers really want. City College Norwich share their experiences of engaging and securing employment for learners with SEND. The webinar and associated Understanding what employers need to employer learners with SEND presentation are to support providers to have the tools and knowledge to understand what employers really want and how to engage them effectively. 

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.

An image of the cover of the Inclusive toolkit employer guide

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. 

Inclusivity and intersectionality

The Women and Work All Party Parlimentary Group (APPG) published a report, Inclusivity and Intersectionality. The APPG recognised and highlighted the fact that women are not a homogenous group, and that a focus on gender alone can sometimes be misleading. They heard evidence from witnesses as to how different aspects of identity such as age, race, disability or income can affect an individual’s experience of recruitment and employment. Out of this work, they produced a toolkit of practical suggestions and strategies for employers to support an inclusive workplace and to put intersectionality into practice. This report aims to equip employers with the tools to create more inclusive workplaces which benefit employees at all levels.

Inclusivity and Intersectionality report

Inclusive employer induction toolkit

Inclusive employer induction toolkit shares the current practices at City College Norwich in delivering induction activities to employers for our learners with SEND on placements and apprenticeships. The tools and techniques within the toolkit have been tried and tested extensively with employers. The tools can be adapted for use within your organisation.

An image of the front cover of the Inclusive employer induction toolkit

Related Resources

Understanding What Employers Need to Employ Learners with SEND title slide

Understanding what employers need to employ learners with SEND

A screenshot of the Inclusive toolkit employer guide

Inclusive Toolkit Employer Guide

An image of the front cover of the Inclusive employer induction toolkit

Inclusive employer induction toolkit