SEND Employability and Independence Hubs

Ambitious pathways into employment and independence for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Hampshire

Our vision for SEND employability in Hampshire

Children and young people with SEND have the same ambitions as their peers. They want to live full and fulfilling lives, and have successful careers that directly afford them financial and social independence. With appropriate and 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 countywide, joined-up and high performing employability offer for SEND young people, including those with more complex needs, which maximises progression into sustained employment. Our SEND Employability Hubs are a key part of this offer.

More information about our vision is available here: All our Talents: Hampshire’s SEND Employability Action Plan.

About SEND Employability Hubs

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 that maximise progressions into sustained employment, transforming 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 provides 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 a young person who:

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

You can contact your local hub, shown below. If you are a young person 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.

SEND Employability Hub locations in Hampshire

  1. Eastleigh College
    SENCo@Eastleigh.ac.uk
  2. St Vincent College
    Sadie Garrie sgarrie@stvincent.ac.uk
  3. HSDC (Havant, South Downs and Alton Colleges)
    Helen Robinson helen.robinson@hsdc.ac.uk 02393 879999
  4. Brockenhurst College
    Steve Jenkin, Admissions and Progression Manager, Sjenkin@brock.ac.uk 01590 625381 or
    Tracey Miller, LDD manager tmiller@brock.ac.uk 01590 625586
  5. Totton College
    Lee Morgan lmorgan@totton.ac.uk
  6. Andover College
    Suzie Oostendorp Suzie.Oostendorp@sparsholt.sc.uk or
    Kelly Hall Kelly.Hall@sparsholtCollegeGroup.ac.uk

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

About SEND Independence Hubs

As part of our commitment to improving outcomes for SEND young people, we are working with local colleges to create high-quality, accessible, and effective learning that supports learners who are entering their first year in post-16 education after leaving secondary education (16 year-olds) and who have Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) or complex needs. This provision will deliver education and training resource provisions to support SEND young people to develop the independent living skills they need to participate and thrive within college and their community.

SEND Independence Hubs will deliver a bespoke curriculum for learners reflecting the four principles of Preparing for Adulthood (employment, independent living, community engagement and health), and each provision will offer a safe physical space situated within the college campus that is individual and has its own identity and facilities to meet learners’ needs.

Transition programmes and activities will start in Autumn 2021 with a view to the provisions opening for their first group of fulltime learners in September 2022.

SEND Independence Hub locations in Hampshire

Places will be agreed between Hampshire County Council and the respective college. To discuss joining one of the new SEND Independence Hubs, speak to your SEN caseworker and/or discuss options at your next annual review. Alternatively, contact the college directly to have an initial conversation.

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