Can your business offer workplace engagement to young people with special educational needs?  

Solent Partners is inviting local businesses to find out how they can support young people with special educational needs to help them get experience of the world of work in different forms. 

Solent Partners Chair Rachael Randall said: “Employer Encounters are so beneficial for young people. It gives them opportunities and ideas, and demonstrates how their different skills can be valued in the workplace.  

“We are calling on our local business community, particularly people who have some personal experience of children with SEND, neurodiversity or those who have attended Alternative Provision (AP) schools, to offer employer encounters in different capacities and of any duration which will be invaluable to these young people. 

“We’re holding some virtual information sessions on 14 December for business people to find out how they can help young people engage with employers. Additionally, our Careers Hub team are happy to visit businesses in person to discuss offering some experiences of the workplace. This does not have to be work experience, we are looking at various insights and exposure to business to link education and industry. 

“Please consider using your experience to support all our young people gain some valuable workplace experiences. If you have previous and / or personal experience of children with SEND, neurodiversity or young people who have attended AP schools, we are particularly keen to hear from you, but everybody is welcome to sign up.” 

The sessions will be held at 9.30am and 4pm on 14 December. Please get in touch to find out more by emailing: 

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