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Disability and Skills Unit Events

The Disability and Skills Unit organises a range of activities including seminars, webinars, outreach and other events to provide opportunities for sharing experiences of good practice and providing resources


Agenda Conference: Get ahead: Post-16 options for Disabled young people 

Conference Presentations 

  1. Apprenticeships. Matt Foulds, Department for Education 
  2. Post-16 Options: An Overview. Jules Benton, Cosmic Cactus
  3. Fairshot Cafe. Sue Jenkins, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
  4. Key Findings from the 2021 Youth Voice Census. Laura-Jane Rawlings, Youth Employment UK
  5. Mind The Gap: Transforming Lives with Great Careers. Claire Cookson, DFN project SEARCH
  6. Empowering Young People to Discover their Strengths. Katherine Jennick, What's your Strenght
  7. The Leadership Academy. Katrina Morris, DR UK



Transitioning from school to college /university

Entering and working in TV and film post production with an invisible disability- my journey

Hearing Loss & Assistive Technology: What are the options?

Supporting Disabled Apprentices


Conference Presentations

Thursday 25 February 2021

  1. Inclusive Apprenticeships: The hidden secret.  Jonathan Smith and Emma Wyatt, Essex County Council

  2. My Apprenticeship Journey. Scott Noon

  3. Doing things differently - how the pandemic has changed our delivery and focus. Julie Benton, Ansbury Guidance

  4. The magic of a strength-based approach- empowering young people to recognise their own brilliance. Katherine Jennick, What's Your Strenght?

  5. Practical Tips and Strategies for Employing Disabled Talent. Michael Vermeersch, Microsoft

  6. Neurodiversity Awareness: supporting neurominority young people into employment. Fiona Barrett, Genius Within

  7. Accessible Careers Support for Disabled Candidates. Jane Hatton, Evenbreak 

  8. The Why. Louise Worts, Daventry Hill School

  9. Specialist Employment Service: A Journey to Employment. Fay Stoodley & Sarah Benn, The Education People

  10. Why Understanding Motivation and Improving Engagement is Crucial. Sarah Stones, Plain Sailing Motivation

  11. Disabled Students Helpline: Supporting disabled students to achieve their maximum potential through information and advice. Rundip Thind, DR UK

  12. Providing an inclusive engagement platform for the New Century of Work. Nikki Mears, Naturally Talented Me

  13. Supporting vision impaired students into and throughout Further Education. Tara Chattaway, The Pocklington Trust

Friday 26 February 2021

  1. Widening access to apprenticeships. Anna Morrison, Amazing Apprenticeships

  2. Autism in the Workplace - How employers can support individuals. Thomas Cliffe, Track

  3. Empowering through Vocational Profiles: Starting aged 12 and beyond. Henrietta Still, East Sussex County Council

  4. Deaf young people and equal access to communication. Martin McLean, The National Deaf Children's Society

  5. What’s positive and possible during the pandemic. Elaine Dale, City College of Norwich

  6. Three Lockdowns - a one-year journey. Lara Scott, City College of Norwich

  7. Online Work Experience at the Financial Times. Jacqui Dobson, Financial Times 



Into Apprenticeships and Training: Why Employing Disabled People Benefits Employers                  


Into post-16 learning and work conference and workshop - Information and workshop about options, strategies and initiatives for disabled young people. This event will be of interest to parents and those supporting disabled young people into education, training and employment. 27 February 2019


Into Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Supported Internships seminar - This free event will be of interest to employers and Human Resources and will include keynote contributions from National Apprenticeship Service, Access to Work, Disability Confident, local government, business representatives, training providers and organisations. 6 February 2018


Post-16 Education and Skills Pathways event - This event will bring together key speakers and representatives from the Department for Education, National Development Team for Inclusion, Further Education Colleges, service providers, parents and other stakeholders to share best practice and raise awareness of new policies and developments about educational and career options for young people when they reach age 16. 19 October 2017

Disability and Skills Unit Apprenticeships Now event - This event shares best practice amongst employers and will explore ways for supporting apprentices living with a range of impairments and health conditions to pursue their goals, ambitions and aspirations and bring greater diversity in the workplace - 23 March 2017

Disability and Skills Unit inclusive practice in careers provision workshop - 21 February 2017


Disability Rights UK's Disability and Skills Unit