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Better off in Work

This short guide aims to support employers and education providers (e.g. schools and colleges) to understand that with effective partnership working, the barriers that currently prevent young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from accessing work experience, can be broken down to ensure that lives can be changed; one experience at a time.

Better off in Work

Work experience is an important part of any young person’s journey towards employment. Evidence shows that young people who have four or more quality work experience-type activities, while still in education, are five times more likely to enter into the labour market. Young people with SEND often struggle to gain one meaningful experience of being in the workplace, and this is reflected in the current resulting employment rate statist.

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This blog was written 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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