Optimising Careers Outcomes for Young People with SEND

Tuesday February 4th - York, Hilton Hotel

May 7th - London, Hamilton House 

June 18th - Birmingham 


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One of the biggest challenges for career practitioners is the differentiation of approach and provision for the young people we support, within the context of sometimes limited advanced knowledge of their career goals, individual SEND barriers or prior experience of career development activities.

This workshop has been developed to equip careers professionals, and others responsible for or interested in the career development of young people with SEND, with knowledge, insight and a range of strategies to use in their practice so that successful differentiation of approach and provision can be achieved and young people with SEND can become career ready and achieve their desired career goals.

We will make sense of the language around SEND, present an SEND specific career development model, introduce practical techniques, use case studies to illustrate successful approaches and place our learning within the context of the Careers Strategy and Gatsby Benchmarks. We use a coaching style of delivery, with small group discussions, lots of take-aways, action planning and follow up opportunities.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the language of SEND
  • Understand the National Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance applied to SEND
  • Improve knowledge of what career outcomes and possibilities exist for young people with SEND
  • Identify strategies for successful engagement with young people with SEND
  • Increase confidence in creating strategy for SEND
  • Improve awareness of careers resources and opportunities for young people with SEND

Target audience

Careers advisers, career leaders, career coaches and careers coordinators working with young people with SEND, as well as anyone working in the careers sector who is interested in developing their professional understanding and practice in the field of careers and SEND.


0930 - Registration & Networking

1000 - SESSION 1 - Barriers & Outcomes

Introduction to the models and language of disability, covering sensitivities and the difference between medical and social models, and an explanation of the career outcomes and possibilities for young people with SEND.

1030 - SESSION 2 - Frameworks & Statutory Duty

Overview of the SEND Code of Practice, the National Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance and Gatsby Benchmarks, as relevant to SEND settings and individuals

1100 - SESSION 3 - Approaches 

Presentation of the Same and Different early career development model for young people with learning difficulties, followed by a discussion around adaptive practices for careers professionals to consider when engaging with young people who have learning difficulties

1145 - BREAK

1200 - SESSION 4 - Programmes & Resources 

Introduction to Careers At Every Level as a case study for career development programmes for young people with SEND. A facilitated discussion about resourcing and signposting to sources

1300 - LUNCH

1345 - SESSION 5 - Post 16 Opportunities 

Presentation of case studies illustrating a range of Post-16 opportunities for young people with SEND

1445 - SESSION 6 - The Careers & Enterprise Company & SEND

Update from the Careers and Enterprise Company with a focus on the new SEND strategy and related actions. Overview of the Compass tool through the SEND lens with guidance for special schools

1515 - SESSION 7 - Roles & Strategies

Overview of the role of the Careers Leader in supporting the creation of a careers strategy which considers SEND, with discussion and action planning

Price and booking information

All our one-day events are booked and paid for online – see next webpage. Payment must be made by credit/debit card at the time of booking. (It may be that you need to pay for an event yourself and then claim back the fee from your employer.)

The price for CDI members is £145 + VAT per person. The price for non-members is £195 + VAT.

A small number of reduced places for student members are available on most courses - £60 + VAT.

The course fee includes all course materials, refreshments and a light lunch. Please let us know of any dietary requirements on the booking form.

About Talentino 

The workshop will be led by Jenny Connick, Founder and MD of Talentino, and Tina Harrigan-James, Talentino Education Lead. Talentino is an award-winning independent career development company working in SEND in special and mainstream schools and the new strategic partner for SEND for the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC).

Talentino is known for their career development programmes and resources for young people, which enable them to become career ready. One of these programmes, Careers At Every Level, has been specifically designed for young people with SEND and is fully inclusive in its scope. The Talentino delivery model focuses on building capacity and capability in schools; staff are trained to deliver the careers programmes, and are shown how to build an employers’ network, improve employer encounters, improve work experience, harness the value of enterprise and deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks.

As well as supporting schools with direct delivery, Talentino has published its own research and has long supported the work of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and CEC. Talentino was commissioned to write the SEND Gatsby Benchmark toolkit and leads the CEC SEND group in addition to serving as a member of the Gatsby SEND group.

Talentino has driven change in the careers sector for SEND through influencing and engaging with Government. For example, in 2018, the Minister for Employment helped launch Talentino’s new offer: Campaign 2, which involves engaging with employers to create more job and training opportunities for school leavers from Special Schools.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Thu 18 Jun 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Thu 18 Jun 2020)
  • To Be Confirmed, , BIRMINGHAM
  • Thu 07 May 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Thu 07 May 2020)
  • Hamilton House , Mabledon Place, LONDON