Cornerstone Employer Group Case Studies - Birmingham

Highlights: We aimed to improve employer confidence and knowledge about supporting young people with SEND, as well as to increase meaningful career development activities in SEND schools.

  • 25 employers attended launch event, with 35 attending subsequent meetings.
  • 10 young people signed up to become ambassadors.
  • The ‘Inspire for Higher’ group has 10 founding members (of which 8 are Cornerstone Employers): HS2, Wilmott Dixon, Jacobs, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, HSBC, National Grid, Severn Trent, Gordon Franks Training, Sport4Life and Birmingham City Council.
  • Seven employers are providing Enterprise Advisers for special schools: Avanti West Midlands, Gordon Franks, National Grid, Serco, Wilmott Dixon, Jacobs and HS2.


“Being able to come and talk to employers who are interested in me has made me feel that I shouldn’t be ashamed of my disability, or of who I am and I feel proud that I can be accepted as myself.”


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