We support the career development of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) through our network. 


Join our Network

When you join our network, we’ll partner you with a SEND Enterprise Adviser, a senior business volunteer and a trained SEND Enterprise Coordinator to help you deliver your careers programme. Here’s how:

How our network can help

You’ll be supported at every step by one of our local SEND Enterprise Coordinators. Our SEND Enterprise Coordinators work with a group of around 20 schools or colleges to:

  • Provide day-to-day support tailored to your school or college's needs
  • Give advice on which careers programme providers, activities and resources have been proven to work
  • Share up-to-date information on the skills local and national employers
  • Liaise with local employers to coordinate work encounters for your students

We’ll partner you with a SEND Enterprise Adviser, a senior business volunteer from a local company, who will:

  • Use their business experience and knowledge to work closely with your headteacher or senior leadership team to develop a careers and enterprise plan
  • Help you connect with local and national employers to offer more work experiences for your students
  • Share their insights on local and national skills needs and career opportunities

Register your interest >


SEND Resources

Here are a number of resources to support the careers development of young people with SEND:

Resource Description Access resources
Gatsby Benchmark toolkit for SEND A toolkit that can be used in Special Schools and for young people with SEND in mainstream settings to improve the achievement of all the Gatsby Benchmarks including tips for employers. Gatsby Benchmark toolkit for SEND [PDF]
Gatsby Foundation 'Perspectives from SEND sector' A Gatsby Foundation publication featuring views from experts on career development for young people with SEND. Perspectives from SEND sector [PDF]
Transition programmes for young adults with SEND. What works? report This paper presents the evidence for transition programmes for young people with SEND with the aim of exploring what effective best practice looks like. Transition programmes for young adults with SEND. What works? report [PDF]
Fuelling Futures: a guide to supporting SEND for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises A practical guide to help employers provide workplace experiences, including supported internships and supported apprenticeships, for young people with SEND. Fuelling Futures: a guide to supporting SEND for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) [PDF]
The Same and Different

A careers model from our SEND partners, Talentino, which identifies aspects of the careers process for young people with SEND helping increase the understanding of employers and families.

The Same and Different for young people who are likely to take GCSEs [PDF]

The Same and Different for young people who are unlikely to take GCSEs [PDF]


Additional reading