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Industry and Education to work together to improve opportunities for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities ​​​​​​​

Greenwood Academies Trust have partnered up with Talentino alongside other well-known employers such as Microsoft, The National Grid and The Co-Op Group to support a brand new initiative known as “Campaign 2”. “Campaign 2” aims to provide work experience opportunities for all young people including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The campaign aims to amplify the role that employers take in Special Schools as part of students’ early career development resulting in more jobs and training opportunities for school leavers.

Jenny Connick, Founder of Talentino, said:

“We know that across the country 65 per cent of adults with learning difficulties want to work, but only 6 per cent have a paid job, meaning there is a gap between the motivation of young people with SEND and what is actually available for them to build a successful career.

“I am delighted that Campaign 2 has been launched today to not only raise awareness of the lack of work and training opportunities for students with SEND, but also attempt to provide a solution to bridge this gap. I would like to thank those employers who are already working with us on this campaign, including The Co-op, The National Grid and of course one of our major partners, Greenwood Academies Trust.”

Wayne Norrie, CEO of Greenwood Academies Trust, said:

“I am thrilled that Greenwood Academies Trust is part of Campaign 2. The message behind the campaign is one that is close to our hearts. As a Trust with a Special School in the vast majority of areas in which we operate, we know how important it is to provide opportunities for our students to reach their full potential. People are a country’s greatest resource, and young people with SEND have some amazing talent to offer. This campaign aims to make sure that companies can play a much-needed role in helping Special Schools to give these young people the best possible start in life, irrespective of their needs.

“We’re excited to see how this develops and we pledge our support to Talentino throughout the entire journey.”

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