Careers at Every Level

Careers at Every Level is a new careers education programme designed especially for disabled young people and those with special educational needs (SEND) — funded by Howdens Joinery.

Delivering on potential

At the age of 16, every child has the same level of aspiration — whether it’s to be a footballer, a doctor, or to run their own business — but by the age of 26, many disabled young people have not reached their full potential.

We’ve seen first-hand through our graduate training programme ​Change100, young disabled adults who have received the support they need have gone on to highly successful careers.

Employers who’ve adapted the working environment just a little to accommodate a disabled person have benefited from hard-working, committed employees.

We want this to be the case for every young person, including those with severe learning disabilities (SLD), profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), and emotional and behavioural learning difficulties (EBLD).

We've has teamed up with Talentino, an innovative career development company, to deliver Careers at Every Level as a one-year pilot programme in five schools in the north of England.

Depending on the level of difficulty experienced by individual students, it aims to either improve the possibility and probability of paid work, improve the independence with which students can perform work-related skills, or support students’ development in fundamental skills by using authentic work-related experiences.

What it involves

  • Careers coaching — students receive support from qualified career coaches to develop work-related skills and knowledge. It supports them on a journey from learning the difference between a job and a career, deciding on a career goal and developing increased knowledge about becoming employable.
  • Business enterprise activity — an opportunity for students to gain experience in running an in-school enterprise business with the aim of sustainability which builds their understanding of the world of work.
  • Working experience — students have extended and ongoing working experiences with local employers to learn what is expected of them in a working environment, and develop work-related skills needed to succeed in the workplace, making them more employable.