SEND Employability Hub

Skills and Participation are working with four sites across Hampshire as SEND Employability Hub Pilots

  1. Eastleigh College and St Vincent College (contact SENCo@Eastleigh.ac.uk or Sadie Garrie sgarrie@stvincent.ac.uk)
  2. Farnborough College of Technology (contact SEN@farn-ct.ac.uk 01252 405555)
  3. Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke (contact Lianne Wright Lianne.wright@qmc.ac.uk)
  4. HSDC (South Downs and Alton sites) (contact Helen Robinson helen.robinson@hsdc.ac.uk 02393 879999)

All our Talents: Hampshire’s SEND Employability Action Plan sets out Hampshire County Council’s ambition that all young people with SEND, including those with more complex needs, should be supported to develop the skills and gain the qualifications and experience they need to secure a good job.

Children and young people with SEND have the same ambitions as their peers. They want to live full and fulfilling lives, and to have successful careers that directly afford them financial and social independence. With the appropriate, targeted support the great majority of SEND young people can find work, be supported to live independently, and actively participate in their community.

Preparing young people with SEND for, and improving their access to, employment is therefore a key priority for Hampshire County Council and its partners. Our overarching objective is to ‘develop and deliver a county wide, joined up and high performing employability offer for SEND young people which maximises progression into sustained employment’.

SEND Employability Hubs bring together workplace and non-workplace learning to develop and deliver a flexible programme focusing on the elements SEND young people need to gain independence and skills which maximizes progressions into sustained employment and independence to transforms the life chances of young people with SEND.

We will work with SEND Employability Hubs and local partners to ensure SEND young people are recognised as the valuable and talented workforce that they are.

Each hub will provide learners with access to education, skills and personal development opportunities based on individual need and access to workplace experiences and Supported Internships to lead them to positive experiences including pathways to paid employment.

If you are an employer interested in supporting SEND young people to access employment, please contact the Employment and Skills Hub (ESH@hants.gov.uk).

If you are a young person who:

  • lives in Hampshire
  • has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) issued by Hampshire County Council
  • are leaving statutory education summer 2020 (moving into year 12)
  • are enthusiastic and ambitious about your future job

You can contact your local Hub, contact details are at the top of this page.

If you are a young people or parent interested in joining a Hub when you turn 16 discuss this at your next EHCP review or contact your SEN worker.

If you are unsure of your eligibility or want to discuss your EHCP contact the SEN helpline on 01329 316165.

If you would like to know more about the SEND Employability Hub Pilot, please contact Toni-Marie Leaf (Toni-Marie.Leaf@hants.gov.uk).