SEND to Enterprise offers KS5 MLD SEND school cohorts an experiential overview of developing and running their own trading business
- Once a week programme running for the 38 week school year.
- Cohorts of up to 12 students (min 8)
- Experienced SEND facilitators with a diverse range of business specialisms to support the emerging needs of the student company.
- Corporate Relationship Lead to create partnerships between the student company and relevant local businesses
- Set within our own existing businesses to provide real life customer service experience and consumer-led enterprise performance indicators
- Trainee progress recorded and promoted through our in-house documentary and social media channels.
- All trainees and schools to receive their online e-MAP (employability Multimedia Achievement Passport) as a record of their year's journey.
- Flexible location options: if preferred, training can initially take place within the school to allow students to become familiar with their facilitator before transitioning into our Visable business premises
SEND to Enterprise brings the world of work TO their trainees, until they are ready to enter it themselves.
Resilience, perseverance, confidence, motivation and creativity.
These are just some of the skills associated with the identifying and seizing of self serving opportunities. And often these skills are absent in SEND job seekers.
We teach the entrepreneurial skills needed to create opportunity for themselves.
SEND to Enterprise has been designed to be fully mindful of the expectations defined by the Gatsby Benchmarks:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Here are the ways we hope to incoporate the benchmarks to offer an outstanding stable careers programme to school students.
Learning from Career and Labour Market Information: Throughout the year, students will be supported through the process of starting up and running a business from scratch, as determined by their own ideas. At each stage they will experience all the different roles within their business, with highlighted links to real life career examples and further information. In this way, students are better able to identify which type of roles they enjoy and are suited to, and how best to progress towards similar roles in the real world.
The type of enterprise developed by the students will be led by them. But examples of some of the roles students may encounter include product design and development, market research, branding and design, promotion and advertising, digital media, sales, finance, stock management and customer service.
Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil: recognising and supporting the aspirations of individuals is at the heart of everything we do at The Sand Project. Even when working as a group, students will demonstrate stengths and confidence in their own preferred areas, on which we can advise and offer direction. Part of their training will be identifying this in themselves and others, and using this information to best serve the business and their own work related learning.
Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers: As teachers, we believe purposeful 'real life' learning increases motivation and engagement, and deepens understanding in students. Work related numeracy and literacy will be embedded throughout the course, differentiated across all entry levels according to the needs of the students.
Encounters with employers and employees: The Sand Project understands the importance of industry partnerships. The training we provide to all our young people has to live up to the standards required and defined by their future employers. By working with local businesses from the outset, we can ensure our trainees are gaining helpful insights and relevant understanding of the workplace whilst developing relationships with the people that they might one day be working with.
Experiences of Workplaces: As well as the work visits into partner industries, our Visable programme has the unique advantage of offering training within its own diverse range of up and running businesses.
Not only are we experienced teachers, but we each have a specialist business interest which is specifically matched to trainees, to suit their interests and potential career pathways. Our aim is to create a supportive working environment, different from the classroom experience they will be used to. They will be treated as employees in our business in which we facilitate their progression towards independence and an entrepreneurial spirit!
Meet the Team
Meet our Employees
Encounters with further and higher education: the traditional college pathways promoted through schools may not be suitable for all leavers. We hope time at Visable will demonstrate the many alternative opportunites that COULD be available with the right support, and a little bit of innovation.
To increase chances of Social Mobility we need to support as many SEND young people as possible in identifying these aspirational and accessible pathways.