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Self Employment & Organisational Adaptations

Two Sessions on Thursday 25 March, 10-11:45am & 12-1pm

*** This event is now fully booked.***


Building on the success of our previous Still Recruiting for Business conferences, we are holding another two online events on Thursday 25 March to learn about the ways that organisations have adapted to enable young people with additional needs to be employed. The first of these focuses on self-employment.


SESSION ONE | Supporting Self Employment, 10-11:45am

This session will explore the ways in which self-employment and small business ownership can be used to create employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties. The agenda will cover:
  • Business development
  • Personal planning
  • Support structures
  • Case studies and examples to illustrate the range of opportunities and the issues involved
Keith Bates is a researcher, developer and consultant in Supported Employment with over 25 years’ experience of developing new approaches and initiatives to respond to the national and international challenges of improving employment options for disabled people.  He is a founding member of Rapid Enterprise Development (RED) team and incorporates the RED methodology into much of his enterprise development work to ensure equality of access for disabled people to the opportunities of business.  Keith was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in recognition of his work supporting people with a learning disability to explore self-employment and small business ownership and is currently underrating doctoral research into the nature of entrepreneurship for people with a learning difficulty.  Ellen Atkinson and Carol Robinson from the Preparing for Adulthood team will be facilitating the discussions.

SESSION TWO | Supporting Innovation: Organisational Adaptation & Influence, 12- 1pm

In this session, we will have presentations from two organisations that have offered routes into employment and how by doing so, there have been far reaching impacts elsewhere for other departments. Nikki Chowdry, policy adviser from the Department for Education will share a short film and explain how supporting an intern into the workplace has influenced recruitment policy in the Civil Service and paved the way for more employment opportunities being offered for people with additional needs. Sophie Robins, Apprenticeship and Supported Employment Coordinator at DPD, will talk about the work DPD has been doing to support young people into work and how they plan to expand these opportunities.

Event Information

Who should attend?  Both sessions are likely to be of interest to anyone supporting young people with SEND into work.   You can choose to attend one or both of the sessions. 
Is it free?  Yes, the event is free to attend thanks to funding from the Department for Education.
Where?  The conference will take place on Microsoft Teams.  You will receive a calendar invite with a joining link. 
Start Date:
25th Mar 2021 at 10:30
End Date:
25th Mar 2021 at 13:00
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