The Right Place project
Supported by funding from the Department for Education, we are working with employers and education providers in London, the Midlands and the North West of England with the aim of securing meaningful work placements for SEND learners by March 2020 and supporting education providers to improve and develop their practices.
If you are a college, school or other education provider supporting students with SEND on study programmes, we can provide you with access to agreed work placements with employers, and with support to manage them effectively through The Right Place project.
How the project works
We use our extensive employer engagement contacts to broker work placements to build up a bank of available placements your students can choose from; or work directly with specific employers in response to individual student need.
We pass placements on to you, and you will match available SEND students into placements and support them in the workplace. We will also give you guidance and information on developing your own links with employers for placements, as well as ongoing support to develop your practice.
Placements are available for students with SEND on study programmes, aged between 16 and 25 (except traineeships).
What we expect from you
We expect demand for work placements to outstrip supply on this project. We are asking colleges and other education providers to pass an initial due diligence and complete an online e-learning module. We are also asking you to commit to person-centred placement planning, job coaching for the student on their placement and support for the employer to make the placement a success.
The online e-learning module provides information and guidance on:
- Person centred assessment and placement planning
- Employer engagement
- Job coaching in the workplace
- Employer support.
The module includes downloadable resources for you to keep.
The e-learning module is available through Education and Training Foundation’s Foundation Online (FOL) learning portal here: https://www.foundationonline.org.uk/course/view.php?id=97
The module is free to access but you will need to register on FOL if you are not already registered.
As well as the placements we’ll provide you with other support too. We have regionally based staff across England, and once through our due diligence process, you’ll have a named contact.
They can help you make employer links, develop your job coaching approaches and iron out any problems with the employer or the work placement.
Find out more
Get in touch by contacting:
- Michelle Clark, Programme Manager - National, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gabriella Smoczynski, Regional Programme Leader - London, email@example.com
- Seema Vala, Regional Programme Leader - The Midlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jacqueline Fairbairn, Regional Programme Leader - North West, email@example.com