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Lincolnshire

Project leads

The project leads for the Getting a Life project in Lincolnshire were Lisa Holmes and Robin Bellamy, supported by Sue Wilson as the co-ordinator for the East Midlands region.

For more information about transition for young people with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire after March 2011, please contact Lisa.Holmes@lincolnshire.gov.uk

For more information about work in the East Midlands region please contact Swilson.gal@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Introduction from Sue Wilson

Hi my name is Sue Wilson and I am working in the East Midlands Region to help share the learning from Getting a Life. We are really excited here, not only do we have Lincolnshire who is part of the national programme but we are planning to start Getting a Life programmes locally in two other areas.

Northamptonshire will be our next site and they are already raring to go and we will be presenting the GAL programme to their local special school head teachers in March.

We are still looking for our third site and after a presentation at our regional special school leaders’ forum we are confident that we will find our next site very soon. We are hoping that this will be one of our City areas to give us a good balance for the region.

We are just at the beginning of our journey and hope to share more we you as we move forward.

Sue Wilson
Regional Valuing People Lead - Getting a Life and Person Centred Approaches
Swilson.gal@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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Work experience in Lincolnshire

As part of a new approach developed by the Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership, the Transition Service and Welfare to Work, young people with a disability will have the opportunity to try out different careers.

Research suggests that positive, supported work experience whilst young people with learning disabilities are still at school is one factor that increases the chances of employment, however local data indicated that many were not getting the chance to take part.

A conference on 10th November provided a forum for local students, schools and employers to raise awareness of employment for young people with learning disabilities, to demonstrate the importance of work-related learning and exposure to business for students with learning disabilities, and to look at what is already working well in schools, employer organisations, and for students themselves.

The Education Business Partnership is also working with Welfare into Work and the Transition Service to set up Industry Days for young people with learning disabilities, which will give them “tasters” of different jobs, through a series of practical workshops led by employers. The project aims to:

A SEN schools focus group is being set up to monitor transition to employment for young people with learning disabilities, and to develop better links between schools and employers.

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Lincolnshire industry days give HOPE to young people with learning disabilities

Young people with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire have taken part in an industry taster day, as part of a new approach developed by the Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership, the Transition Service and Welfare to Work.

The Highlighting Opportunities and Prospects for Employment (HOPE) project gave young people an opportunity to try out tasks typical to a number of different careers, including construction, engineering, animal care, hair and beauty, hospitality and catering, and horticulture. Young people, teachers and support staff from special schools, and employers who led the workshops all rated the event highly. On average, 92% of the young people in each workshop said that they enjoyed it.

The importance of schools and families in shaping young people’s choices about their futures was highlighted by the feedback from young people, the majority of whom said that their school or their families would help them achieve their plans for the future. Despite this, only 49% of the young people who took part in the day had undertaken work experience.

The feedback indicated that where young people have had experience of employment, they have traditionally been encouraged to move towards a restricted number of sectors. For example, over 80% of the young people taking part at the event had already experienced the kinds of tasks involved in catering and hospitality, and over 60% had experienced those involved in horticulture.

Five special schools have now committed to reviewing their curriculum and work experience offer to their students, to improve the support that young people with learning disabilities get to plan for their future careers.

For more information about the industry taster days please read the summary reportPDF opens in new window or contact Claire Flavell, Work-related Learning Manager at Lincolnshire & Rutland EBP. Email: claire.flavell@eblo.org.uk

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