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15th Oct 2015

A project providing work experience for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is helping to transform their outlook on the world of work. The Department of Education funded project was launched by Adviza in April and has received encouraging feedback from the young people taking part:

“I really enjoyed my work placement, it gave me the opportunity to get a realistic idea of what the job involved and it has made me more determined to become a nursery nurse as my future career.” Sarah, aged 15

“The long days on my feet was hard work, but rewarding.” Amber, aged 14

“I have gained a lot from my work experience such as being punctual, being presentable at all times and listening to instructions.” Raheem, aged 15

Five schools have signed up so far and nine employers are currently supporting the project, among them Marks and Spencer, Porsche and Pets at Home. Placements have included: sales and customer service at shops and supermarkets, working in a gym, vehicle repairs at a garage, catering, hairdressing and office work.

Dianne Aston, Project Manager, said: "The placements are helping to improve the young people’s confidence and giving them a chance to practise their communication skills with other staff and customers. They are learning new skills, finding out how they can cope in a new environment and learning how to take more responsibility for themselves. The opportunity is also giving them a good sense of where they see themselves in the future."

For further information please contact Dianne Aston: dianneaston@adviza.org.uk

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