Woodlands Meed held its first Careers and Transition Fair on 14th January at The Kings Church in Burgess Hill.
The event brought together local employers, day services, transitional services and further education settings with a passion for recognising the potential of people with SEND in the world of work, and the value of giving them an opportunity to make a valued contribution to society.
Woodlands Meed is a generic special needs school and college in West Sussex. The students have a very broad range of special needs and disabilities. Many of the students find new and unfamiliar environments and people challenging and the SEND Careers and Transition Fair helped provide a highly supportive space to experience meaningful encounters with employers and transitional organisations to engage and inspire.
Key Stage 3 students attended in the morning followed by Key Stages 4 and 5 in the afternoon. Parents and staff were invited to visit the event between 3-5pm along with other young local people with SEND from different provisions to share the positive impact of this event beyond just those at Woodlands Meed.
The feedback from those who attended described the event as a great success and incredibly valuable in giving young people a chance to gain a detailed insight into work possibilities and some of the future opportunities available. The businesses who attended felt it also provided local employers with an insight into working with young people with SEND.
The Careers team at Woodlands Meed are already planning next year’s event, if you’re a local business who would like to know more please email email@example.com