Young Job Seekers with Special Education Needs and/or Disability (SEND)
Career Planning/ Goal Clarity/ Personal Strengths & Talents/ Applications/ CV & Interview Skills/ Supported Traineeships/ Motivations/ Building on Skills & Abilities/ Body Language/ Hidden Jobs Market/ Marketing Yourself/ Supported Apprenticeships/ Soft-Skills/ Self-Confidence Building/ Networking/ Social Media/ Interests/ Work Experience/ Support in the Workplace
I’m passionate about helping young people primarily aged 16-30, with SEND who wish to gain paid employment but are experiencing barriers reaching this goal. My coaching services provide all the usual career management tools & processes but can also focus on employability skills and other life coaching issues, such as raising self-confidence, belief in self and ones capabilities.
It doesn't matter whether you are an A grade or U grade student I believe everyone (yes everyone) has unique skills and talents and I help young people to uncover and acknowledge theirs.
I work with young people on their transferable soft skills which can make a huge difference to their lives, perhaps especially so for those who have extra challenges to deal with; as unfortunately it is these soft skills that are often left off the school and often college curriculum.
For example certain situations, such as an interview, require a variety of soft-skills to be used. The job seeker will be required to show that they are good at listening, can understand situations and questions and identify with the interviewer, all whilst demonstrating a positive attitude. Also the way an interviewer perceives your body language can make a difference between you receiving a job offer or not so it's extremely important to learn about this life skill in order to get it right.
I also challenge negative beliefs young people may have gained from other people's perceptions (perhaps a teacher, classmate, friend, social media or society) and will build upon positive ones.
For example, when I was 15 and struggling in my maths class, I asked my teacher for help and was
told I couldn't be helped and that perhaps I should go down a group. I had always been ok at maths
until this new teacher replaced my old one and knew that it was her teaching style that I could not
get to grips with but was told that was my problem not her! This teacher implied that I was not bright
enough for her maths group as it was my fault I could not learn. The teacher's words cut deep and
really knocked my confidence in my mathematics ability so much so that I still have a fear around
However, even with my fear of maths, I am running my own business, I am doing my own business
accounts and have passed an HND in Business and Finance and my Accounting and Finance
modules for my Masters degree. That teacher was very wrong about me and my abilities. I could
have allowed her opinion of my intelligence to stop me from doing courses, taking certain jobs etc,
but I didn't and that is why I have got to where I am today.
Looking back, based on my own experiences, I understand how damaging negative comments can
be to a young person, which is why I feel it is so important to discuss and dispel them as soon as is
I will work with you or your young person to help with any of these challenges. I can also offer additional assistance with finding potential employers for supported internships/apprenticeships and then work closely with those employers (and perhaps training providers) to ensure they understand how best to support your young person in the workplace in order to facilitate their success.
Information on a couple of different work training programmes to consider
Apprenticeships (with support)
Almost all apprenticeships can be made accessible and being disabled should not restrict peoples’ job choices.
It’s possible, for example, for deaf people to work in music publishing, visually impaired people to take apprenticeships in photography and apprentices with dyslexia to support teaching and learning in schools.
Employers, colleges and universities have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. This means they should be able to offer additional support during training. The government has set an ambitious target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020. To achieve this target, it recognises the need to encourage and enable many more high quality disabled candidates to apply for and start apprenticeships.
The government Access to Work scheme can provide grants to pay for any specialist equipment and support costs in the workplace. Section 5 of this guide covers the extra funding and help that is available. For all of these reasons, apprenticeships can be a great, direct route for disabled people to get skilled jobs and careers.
A supported internship is one type of study programme specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have a statement of special educational needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an EHC plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.
Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily at an employer. They are intended to enable young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work through learning in the workplace. Internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements of at least six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. Students complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if suitable, and English and maths to an appropriate level.