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15th Feb 2019

Adviza has been chosen as one of 20 organisations awarded a share of £1.7m funding from The Careers & Enterprise Company to support some of the most vulnerable young people with their career pathways and transition to the world of work.

The charity has received £77,000 to provide careers guidance to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), looked after children (LAC) and care leavers.

The six-week SEND programme provides work experience for students in Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. It includes a one to three week work placement with pre-placement support from a job coach for both the student and the employer to ensure that the placement supports the student appropriately. The programme also includes mentoring for the young person from one of Adviza's volunteer mentors.

The programme for LAC and care leavers will run in conjunction with Virtual Schools in Reading and Buckinghamshire. The aim is to implement the Careers Statutory Guidance within the schools by training a designated Careers Leader and developing and implementing an engaging careers programme.  The programme will include one-to-one careers guidance, group sessions on topics such as choosing options and STEM pathways, motivational workplace and college/university visits, and two work experience placements for each pupil.

The investment is part of The Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018 which is worth £4.2m. Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We are thrilled that these projects are helping us to move in the right direction and ensure that all young people – no matter their background or needs – are being offered the support they so fundamentally need."

She added: "As the world of work is changing all the time, it is vital that this investment enables young people to navigate the many routes into work, as well as be guided by the right mentors and role models.”

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