Supporting the creation, development and running of small businesses SEND to Self Employment

Skills for Business. Skills for Life.

Are you 19-25 with moderate SEND with a high level skill but finding the work place inaccessible?

SEND to Self Employment is an ongoing mentoring program that creates partnerships with skilled young people to support the design, development and running of a commercial business as a self-employed professional.

We work with you and your specialism to create a personalised enteprise to help you learn start-up self-employment skills. The programme offers the following support:

  • One-to-One mentoring to establish a suitable skill/qualification based enterprise
  • Developing a prototype of the product or service for marketing purposes
  • Creation of start-up marketing and promotion materials
  • Setting up a web page for your business
  • Support with setting up as a sole trader, including informing HMRC, invoicing, basic book-keeping and tax self-assessment registration.
  • Experienced SEND facilitators with a diverse range of business specialisms
  • Corporate Relationship Lead to create partnerships with 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 (E-MAP)
Set within The Sand Project's own high street business, VISABLE, this is a work start up opportunity like no other.

Developing Entrepreneurs

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 oneself

Our 5 a Day Expectations (5ADE) framework allows The Sand Project and trainees to assess progress every step of the way and identify next steps

The framework allows for complete personalisation, particularly at the TRAINING stage, such as introducing specific accreditations or an Apprenticeship with our West Sussex partners

The Sand Project believes PROMOTION of our trainees is crucial if we are to change the profile of SEND employment.

We hope the effective use of social media will prove as vital to our trainees as any accreditation
We measure impact by long term PAID employment. We want to identify the most effective way of ensuring this for each individual.

Bespoke Enterprises are designed in one to one mentoring. trainees will also be able to access professional learning within our existing businesses.

Our magazine, VISABLE INC, offers experience in writing, digital art and design, marketing, sales, photography and all publishing related careers, both online and in-print.
Our media cafe and kitchen offers catering and hospitality pathways, including service, prep, product development, marketing and sales, and we will access off-site premises around Worthing to cater for any other learning, such as horticulture, upcycling, painting and decorating etc

Our aim is to create a supportive working environment, teaching industry standards at a pace that suits the trainee. They will be treated as employees in our business in which we facilitate their progression towards independence and hopefully enough entrepreneurial spirit to take over the running of their own business as a self employed professional!

Meet the Team

Curriculum and Enterprise Development Lead, Kate, was a maths teacher and education resource designer before founding The Sand Project and Visable Inc magazine. Kate will be leading the creative media pathways, such as writing, illustration, filmmaking and graphic design.
Food Technology Curriculum and Development Lead, Marita, is a Design and Technology teacher with experience in setting up and running businesses. She joined The Sand Project and supported the development of the Visable training programme. Marita will be supporting trainees in all areas of the food and drink industry, from living skills to commercial preparation and product development.
Corporate Relations Lead, Beki, has extensive experience as the once Enterprise Coordinator in West Sussex. With her background in recruitment, training and enterprise education she will be ensuring trainees have access to the best matched businesses to support their growing enterprises. Beki also promotes the business benefits of employing our SEND young people and will be identifying the SEND Employer Ambassors in our work community.
With a background in CYP Health and Social Care, business coordinator Leigh Anna went on to work with schools and groups within the community, developing intitiatives such as housing projects, reducing digital isolation and using art as a communication tool. Leigh Anna will be supporting trainees in creative arts, upcycling and gardening pathways.

Meet our Employees

George was introduced to us by his Work Aid advisor. He passed his audition (make a one minute film about the The Sand Project) with flying colours and we offered him the job of filmmaker, making sure all of our young people are regularly promoted through positive storytelling. George is also responsible for ensuring every trainee has their own E-MAP.
Libby was our FIRST SEND to Self Employment trainee. We are delighted to say she is now an employee of The Sand Project! Libby is responsible for all in-house design work and will be doing an Apprenticeship from September 2019, training whilst she earns. Libby will be the first SEND apprentice EVER in West Sussex. Trainees have the opportunity to work with Libby during their business start up and hopefully be inspired by her journey - not to mention her fantastic talent as a content producer.

Libby's enterprise is called Memory Inc (to be launched soon. Whenever Libby is ready!)

To increase chances of Social Mobility we need to support as many SEND young people as possible in identifying aspirational pathways and making them as accessible as possible.


We are now open for registration for September 2019-20

For more information, or to register your interest, please email kate@thesandproject.co.uk

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Kate Wilson


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