The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Horizons 6th Form and Motorpoint UK have been working in partnership to improve employment opportunities for people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
As part of National Careers Week, the partnership is urging other companies to do the same. With just 6% of young people with SEND currently in secure employment, there is a large potential pool of un-tapped talent available to employers.
The Open Doors programme which started in February gives 25 young people the opportunity to take part in a series of sessions lead by Motorpoint UK, to gain an insight into the business, meet employees and complete work-related tasks.
Rachel Quinn, Head of People and Skills at D2N2 said: “As part of our People and Skills strategy, D2N2 encourages employers to widen their search for talent to include those who might be excluded from traditional recruiting processes for a variety of reasons, despite possessing the skills employers increasingly require.”
“Through Schemes such as the Open Doors programme, we’re bringing together employers and potential candidates, allowing each to learn how they can benefit each other.”