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Tearing down barriers to employment

Studies show that diverse organisations tend to be more innovative and profitable, yet the employment rate of people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is lower than the rest of the population. To help balance the scale, we’ve rounded up three brilliant opportunities for those facing barriers to entering the workforce.

Pathways to Work

Speakers for Schools is running a three-day virtual work experience for SEND students on 24th-26th April. Hosted by six different employers across the hospitality, health and public sectors, participants will explore a range of career options and learn about the support available for those with additional needs. Apply here by Friday 10th April.


Sensory and information overload, eye contact challenges, not knowing how much to say… Sound familiar? For autistic students, interviewing can be a huge barrier to securing employment, which is why AutiQuest has launched a new app featuring 100s of tips and ‘autism alerts’ to help you better navigate the process. Download now from the App Store or Google Play

Confident Futures Skills Show

Every young person should be able to experience career inspiration, no matter what their background or circumstance. With inclusivity underpinning every element, our sensory-conscious skills show will be popping up at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Tuesday 11th June to connect job seekers with over 50 disability confident employers and next step providers. Check out 2023’s event highlights and then bag your free tickets.

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