Employers and Volunteers

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Supporting Employers: Working with Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Step by step resources to support Employers and Enterprise Advisers when working with young people with SEND. 

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Experiences of the Workplace (BM6): Step by step guide for Employers

Developed in partnership with Careermap, this microsite contains all the information employers need to offer experiences of the workplace to young people

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Careers in Context 2020: Can Do Guide for Employers

This guide sets out examples from employers who have already achieved impact and aims to give confidence and inspiration as employers plan activities

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An Employer’s guide to supporting STEM careers education in England

This Employer’s guide to STEM careers education explains how employer engagement can support secondary schools and colleges in England to deliver high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers education.

Employer resources

Ambitious about Autism Toolkits

This resource contains  a collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities. 

The resources will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people.

These resources are also relevant for autistic young people, their parents/carers, teachers, and other relevant professionals to support a young person to make informed choices about their future employment opportunities.

 

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Blueprint: Virtual experience of the workplace

Created by the London team this resource supports thinking around virtual experiences of the workplace for schools and businesses 

  • Careers Leader
  • Delivery Provider
  • Education Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • SEND

Cornerstone Employer Roadmap

We have created a roadmap in partnership with Cornerstone Employers from across our network that will act as a navigator on your journey as an advocate for employers and young people.

The roadmap will provide all the resources, guidance, and links you need including: 

  • Examples of good practice from individuals and groups
  • Guidance around working collaboratively to create a greater impact
  • Links to networking opportunities
  • A step-by-step approach for employers at every stage of their Cornerstone journey
  • Checklists to build and maintain momentum
  • Cornerstone Employer
  • Employer
  • Free
  • Information booklets/sheets

DMA Talent: Autism Employers guide

Over the past 18 months, DMA Talent’s Neurodiversity Initiative has worked alongside experts, brands and leading industry figures, some with neurodevelopmental conditions themselves, to define best practice and develop a forum where businesses can discuss neurodiversity.

  • Cornerstone Employer
  • Employer
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

DMA Talent: Dyslexia Employers guide

To help employers understand dyslexia, how to treat employees as individuals, and how to make reasonable adjustments for them so they can thrive in the workplace, we’ve collaborated alongside the DM Trust and specialists to create a detailed guide

  • Cornerstone Employer
  • Employer
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Fuelling Futures: a guide to supporting SEND for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

A practical guide to help employers provide workplace experiences, including supported internships and supported apprenticeships, for young people with SEND.

  • Employer
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • SEND

LLEP Employer Engagement Guide

Developed by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership the purpose of this guide is to help your school or college to build long-lasting relationships with local businesses to enhance the interventions your students receive throughout their time at your establishment.

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

MSMF Employer projects: BAM NUTTAL renewable energy

Developed by Bam Nuttal this is an employer prject which features in the My Skills My Future programme and is around renewable energy.  Targeted at Career SEND Group 2 this activity is suitable for those typically likely to take GCSE or Level 2 equivalent qualifications  

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Making it meaningful

Our overview and check list help Career Leaders ensure each encounter or experience is meaningful for all participants. 

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • SEND

Resource 1: The Careers Landscape

This is the first resource in our Supporting Employers: Working with Young People with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) collection.

It will take you through what the SEND education and Careers Landscape look like and give you an understanding around the world of SEND 

  • Employer
  • Supporting Employers: Working with Young People with SEND
  • Stage 1: Awareness and Engagement
  • Free
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Resource 2: The benefits and challenges

This is the second resource in our Supporting Employers: Working with Young People with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) collection.

This resource talks about the business benefits of working with young people with SEND and looks at the barriers and misconceptions that can be in place and how these can be overcome.

  • Employer
  • Supporting Employers: Working with Young People with SEND
  • Stage 1: Awareness and Engagement
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND