As a Centre for Excellence in SEND, we have been running webinars to continue to share our effective practice, with a focus on how we are planning to get learners back to the workplace.
We have also been talking about how to engage with employers during this time and more importantly to give experiences of work opportunities to our learners with SEND.
In a recent webinar, you have been sharing your concerns that the labour market will be challenging, and this will impact potentially on our SEND learners gaining work opportunities. Our approach is to focus on why it makes good business sense to an employer and in our recent webinar, we have shared our thoughts on a business case for inclusion. These 7 common-sense approaches must be at the forefront of our minds when approaching employers.
1 – Business sense
2 – Culture
3 – Consumer and Community
4 – Financial benefit:
5 – Foster talent and creativity:
6 – Bolster your brand reputation:
7 – It’s better for everyone:
With planning on getting learners back to the workplace, we are focusing on risk assessments linked to health and safety visits. We know that our inclusive guide to employers is extremely useful in explaining the different types of disability and how an employer can help. This is even more pertinent than ever, ensuring there is no misunderstanding of a disability and that behaviours seen are not misunderstood in the workplace.
If there is a more structured work environment that is different from the learner’s previous experience due to restricted work areas, for example, a learner may find this more challenging with a specific disability. Our approach is to continue to talk to our learners and employers together to plan the next steps.
You have given us positive feedback about our inclusive toolkit and if you haven’t seen it please download a copy and add your own toolkits and share this with employers.
What we do know is what employers really want is knowledge and understanding of disability but more about this in our next spotlight.
For now, these are our top tips during this time for our workplace learners with SEND.
As a community of passionate SEND professionals, we are all working hard to support and give the very best opportunities for our send learners. Please do get in touch if you have any suggestions or areas of work you would like to explore together CfESEND@ccn.ac.uk
Please also keep a watchful eye on the Centres for Excellence in SEND site for resources, webinars and update
I look forward to seeing in one of our upcoming webinars but for now, take care and see you soon.