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The Careers & Enterprise Company has today announced a strategic partnership with career development organisation Talentino.

Talentino – who focus on young people with SEND and learning difficulties – will play a leading role in The Careers & Enterprise Company’s work on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

We will be working together to increase the reach to all young people, including young people with SEND in mainstream schools, special schools and colleges in a systematic way that ensures they can achieve their individual potential and experience improved career and life outcomes.

The Careers & Enterprise Company is currently working with more than a third of special schools through the Enterprise Adviser Network. They have also published the SEND Gatsby Toolkit, What Works? Transition Programmes for Young People with SEND and Fuelling Futures a guide for employers who wish to work with young people with SEND.

As part of the Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018, £4.2 million will be invested in programmes supporting careers and enterprise programmes, including £1.7m targeted specifically at disadvantaged groups, including those with SEND.

The Career & Enterprise Company’s commitment to supporting this group of young people was reflected in a joint statement with the Gatsby Foundation and Disability Rights UK in November last year, which addressed the interpretation of the Gatsby Benchmarks by professionals for young people with SEND.

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “The recent joint statement on careers provision for young people with SEND asserts that we should have the same high ambition for all young people, whatever their needs. This partnership with Talentino is about making that vision happen. There are lots of examples and organisations out there doing great work and showing this can be done. We now want to see that same ambition everywhere.”

Jenny Connick, Founder of Talentino, said: “My team and I are delighted to be working with The Careers & Enterprise Company to accelerate the work we collectively do for young people with SEND and other disadvantaged groups. Together we can ensure that great early career development can benefit all young people.”

To share your views and feedback, or for more information on this partnership, please email send@careersandenterprise.co.uk.