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Work experience for young people with SEND

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Work experience placements can be hugely valuable for young people with SEND, but it isn't always easy to find the right placement or make it a success for the young person and the employer.

As part of The Right Place project, the Department for Education has funded Mencap to develop a free, online learning resource for education providers. Based on best practice, four e-learning modules will help you to engage employers, allocate the right student to the right placement and provide effective support to the young person and the employer. There are resources for you to download at the end of each sub-module.

Each module takes about 45 minutes to complete, and you can come back and complete them in stages to fit around your busy schedule.  

The module can be accessed through this link -

Work experience guide for employers and education providers

Work experience is an important part of a young person's journey towards employment, and young people with SEND often struggle to gain a meaningful experience of being in the workplace.  A new guide on work experience has been published on the Preparing for Adulthood website. It contains top tips on supporting employers and education providers to prepare, and host, young people with SEND on work experience.

Routes into work fact sheet

The Preparing for Adulthood website also contains a fact sheet on routes into work. This fact sheet provides information about options for young people with SEND to help them move into paid employment. It includes details of what qualifications are required to access study programmes, supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships, where to find out more information about them and how to apply to join a programme.

First published 30 October 2018