As part of the Ambitions project CSW Group is delighted to invite you to an Optimising Careers Outcomes for Young People with SEND training course.

Funded by the European Social Fund and delivered in partnership with Talentino and the CDI this course will be of interest and value to all career development professionals, particularly careers advisers and careers leaders who have recently undertaken training through the CDI, Teach First and CEC-funded career leader training programmes.

Spaces are limited so it is advised to book early. Click here to book your free place.

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.


15% of young people of school age have additional needs. The new Careers Strategy places equal emphasis on all education settings to provide quality career provision to all young people. It is therefore essential that all careers professionals, whether working in mainstream, special needs or alternative settings, are able to understand the needs of all the young people with whom they engage and be able to support them to become career ready and achieve their desired career goals.


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


0930-1000 Registration and Networking

1000-1030 Session 1: Barriers and 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.

1030-1100 Session 2: Frameworks and 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

1100-1145 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

1145-1200 Refreshment Break

1200-1300 Session 4: Programmes and 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

1300-1345 Lunch Break

1345-1445 Session 5: Post-16 Opportunities

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

1445-1515 Session 6: The Careers and Enterprise Company and 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

1515-1600 Session 7: Roles and 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.

16.00 – day ends

About Talentino

The workshop will be led by Tina Harrigan-James, Talentino Director of Education. 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).

Tina has 17 years’ experience of working and leading in the education and careers sectors. She has worked in schools, in the charity sector and is delighted to now be supporting the excellent work of Talentino, a career development company, as the Director of Education. She has always been driven by the desire to improve the quality of education and guidance for all young people and has increasingly become engaged in the creation of policy relating to career development for children with additional needs. Tina has previously presented for the CDI, Good Schools Guide and the Careers and Enterprise Company, has been a panellist for the Public Policy Exchange and regularly delivers career coaching training to education professionals and career coaching sessions to students in both special and mainstream settings.

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.

Further dates for this training course will be available in October 2019 and Spring 2020.

Click here to register your place.