SEND school careers go from strength to strength

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Our partnerships with special schools in Bucks are really taking off – thanks to excellent support from Enterprise Advisers and businesses. But we still need more employers to get involved: read on to see how you could make a difference.

This month our Enterprise Adviser Tara Finlay ran a brilliant interview skills workshop with the girls from Alfriston School. They talked about how the little things make a big difference, starting with not fiddling with your handbag when in an interview!

Chiltern Way Academy received their first sales order from the National Trust Hughenden Estate in High Wycombe to design, cost and build some grab-and-go shelving for their café in the stable-yard. Once completed, they will bring the shelving to site and help install with the support of the Hughenden team.

Pebblebrook School had an amazing careers week where they found out about all sorts of careers, from being a sports leader to working with horses to being a bricklayer. The students also learnt how the skills they use for one career can then be transferred to another.

Lastly, the Bucks Supported Internship Programme team presented the incredible work they are doing to all our Enterprise Advisers. The programme is a partnership venture which prepares young people with disabilities for competitive employment. The current programmes at De Vere Venues Latimer Estate and the NHS at Stoke Mandeville are up and running for over 18s. Find out more at the Bucks Adult Learning website.

If you are a special school in Bucks which is interested in joining the Enterprise Adviser Network, or an employer interested in becoming a SEND Enterprise Adviser, please email our SEND Enterprise Coordinator Keerin Hossain on keerin.hossain@btvlep.co.uk. We are particularly looking for someone in the Winslow/Buckingham area.