News - 26 October 2023

D2N2 Connected Futures partnership featured in London showcase

PHOTO: Fiona Baker (D2N2) (R) and Sonja Smith (Nottinghamshire County Council) (L) at the Connected Futures showcase

Earlier this month, Connected Futures projects from around the country came together over two days in London to share best practice and deliver a series of workshops to policy makers with an interest in ensuring that marginalised young people are able to access good work opportunities.

The D2N2 Connected Futures partnership, which has a focus on improving the transition into work for young people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions delivered two workshop presentations on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and on employer engagement How to get employers to say “I do’’.

The two day event highlighted how the Connected Futures programme is helping young people get good quality jobs, and showcased the evidence, learning and insights from the first year of Connected Futures with the audience of policy makers, funders and commissioners from across the country.

Our Head of People and Skills, Fiona Baker, said:

“We were delighted to be invited to attend this event and showcase what we’re doing in our Connected Futures Partnership. The D2N2 project is in its exploratory phase, and at its heart is a Development Board comprised of Young People with Learning Disabilities and / or Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC), whose voices are informing recommendations for action to the Partnership Board to enable impactful change in D2N2 for this group of young people who are all keen to move into employment.”

The event was also attended by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer MP, who applauded the work being carried out by the Youth Futures Foundation, which funds the Connected Futures projects.

Find out more about Connected Futures

Find out more about D2N2’s People and Skills work

For media enquiries, contact:

Nicola Swaney

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP

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