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Routes into work - for any young person with SEND


Profile: Right2Work, 29th Jan, 2018

Are you the parent or carer of a young person with SEND looking for ways into employment in a much more accessible way? A new government brochure has just been published called "Routes into Work Guide 2018". Oaklea through their social enterprise arm, Right2Work (R2W) could be your way in - through internships. R2W have a proven track record in delivering supported internships and other aspects included in this guide.

The “Routes into Work Guide 2018” is part of the newly announced Preparation for Employment Grant in England which totals £9.7m, and is intended for supported internships and other preparation for employment activity for young people with SEND – a key aspect of the national SEND reforms. The Government’s expectation is that local authorities will use the funding provided to:

  • set up local supported internship forums. They anticipate that a local forum will bring together education providers, local authorities, employers and other key figures to identify local opportunities and overcome local barriers to create a supported internship programme; and
  • provide job coach training to increase the pool of expert job coaches available to support young people with SEND on work placements.

This guide, produced by Preparing for Adulthood, provides information about options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them move into paid employment.

It contains information on:

  • Study programmes
  • Supported internships
  • Traineeships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Access to Work

“This new programme means Kendal based R2W is ideally placed as it has proven expertise in this area, and our role in delivering Supported Internships and other aspects included within the guide.” Sue Green, Director, R2W.

If you follow the link below you can download the guide which is primarily aimed at young people and their families and provides information about different routes to employment for young people with SEND in an accessible way.

https://www.base-uk.org/…/local-authority-send-allocations-…

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