Employment & Skills

Local employment opportunities for young people with SEND

Our SEND Employment Pathways Coordinator, Rachel Edwards, is working to develop the range of local employment opportunities that are accessible to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), with the aim of increasing the number of those who enter paid employment. Working with Westminster City Council’s Economy team, education providers and employers, Rachel will be creating a range of work and training opportunities including; work experience, Traineeships, Supported Internships, Apprenticeships and jobs for young people who aspire to work.

We know that only 9% of adults with learning disabilities in Westminster are in paid work and, nationally, this figure sits at 6%. Research tells us that the main reasons for this are a lack of suitable jobs and a lack of opportunity awareness. We need your support as we work towards addressing this.

Young People with special educational needs and disabilities can make great employees! Generally, they have lower levels of unplanned absence and are more likely to stay with supportive organisations for longer, so can save employers money on recruitment. Many employers also report that staff morale increases as a result of working with colleagues with a learning disability. 77% of the public think more highly of inclusive companies that actively employ people with a disability. It will also help to ensure your company is compliant with the Equality Act 2010.

If you want support to develop the diversity of your workforce and you’re interested to offer a work opportunity to local young people with SEND, please enquire with Rachel Edwards T: 07739 315 424 E: rachel.edwards@rbkc.gov.uk



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