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Let's Be Clear (So Employers Know What You Are Asking For)

This brief document seeks to add some clarity about what we mean when we are approaching employers for work opportunities for young people with special educational needs or a disability (SEND).

Lets Be Clear So Employers Know What You Are Asking For

Good employer engagement involves understanding an employer’s business needs, the working environment and how the young person(s) can add value to the business. It all depends on developing partnerships where all are equal, trustworthy partners. However, there is a risk that employers will be approached by several education or employment support providers who appear to be asking for the same things, but who use different language in their request or where they use the same language but want something different. This paper proposes certain definitions to help those involved in employment support become more consistent in the ways they ask for work opportunities. We welcome the views of others about our proposed definitions so that we can refine our wording, if needed.

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This resource was created by the National Development Team for Inclusion as part of our delivery of the Preparing for Adulthood programme, which was funded by the Department of Education to support the SEND reforms.

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