Masterclass: A meaningful life for all - linking social care, education and employment to help disabled young people into work

10/13/2020 14:00 - 15:00

The number of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) entering employment after leaving education is low, with only 5.9% of adults with a learning disability known to social care in paid employment in 2018-19. Yet having a job not only benefits the young adult; employers also report benefits such as improved employee engagement and a workforce with a more diverse range of skills and abilities.  So how can we create the bridge necessary to enable young people with SEND to move seamlessly from education into the world of work? 

This masterclass in The Essex Theatre aims to give social workers an understanding of:

  • the four pathways to employment;
  • the importance of vocational profiling as a tool to give an insight into a young person’s skills and aspirations; 
  • why developing effective working relationships between social care and education is essential in achieving best outcomes;
  • how inclusive apprenticeships and social enterprises are being used in Essex to support young people into employment. 

Session hosted by our Event Partner:


Helen Sumner, service manager, children and young people with disabilities and preparing for adulthood , Essex County Council

Suzanne Davis, targeted employment manager, transitions team, Essex County Council

Jonathan Smith, SEN employment adviser, Essex County Council

Jethro Picton, targeted employment officer, Essex County Council