SENDsational Opportunities

A campaign to attract local employers to offer placements for work experience, traineeships and supported internships to special young people

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The Challenge

  • All young people should be helped to develop the skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need to succeed in their careers.
  • The overwhelming majority of young people with Special Education Needs and disabilities (SEND) are capable of sustainable paid employment with the right preparation and support. 

The Solution

Rewards and Benefits

What are the benefits to your company? 

  • Loyalty and Commitment – SEND employees tend to be very loyal and committed to the business; less turnover of staff ; savings on recruitment costs
  • Absence - rates are often lower
  • Reputation – many customers have a better perception of organisations who employ SEND people in visible job roles.  A study found 87% of consumers preferred to use companies that hired people with disabilities.
  • Diversity – A wide pool of labour that reflects local communities ; enables the business to have a greater understanding of needs of client groups that need extra support – e.g. disabled people, parents with buggies, older customers. Attracts the £212bn purple pound – (spending power of disabled people and their families)
  • Consistency of work – many SEND people are happy to carry out tasks that are repetitive or require a standardised approach.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – contributes to CSR responsibilities and targets

YouthPledge

Offering either a Supported Internship or work experience will allow a business to apply for the New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque, which demonstrates a business’s commitment to supporting young people in Suffolk & Norfolk.

 

Find out how to be a SENDsational employer:

For further information or to express your interest please email sendsational@suffolk.gov.uk