Futures For All

Date: April 17, 2023
Categories: 11-15 | 16-18 | 19-24 | 24+ | Featured

Futures For All

Celebrating Young People With SEN From Across GM in the Workplace

GMCA: Futures For All is an employability skills programme for young people across Greater Manchester with SEN, that empowers employers to recognise and celebrate the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of young people from the SEND schools and settings. The programme comprises a series of short films co-produced with an alumni from SEND schools across Greater Manchester. These films explore a day in the life of each young person working in different jobs across Greater Manchester; from retail, to healthcare, hospitality, to digital.

A two week programme of schools workshops, has been built around these films, as well as on the advice and lived experience of these young alumni in the workplace. The workshop programme will take place from 17-28 April – the Futures For All Festival.

All SEND schools across Greater Manchester have been invited to take place.

The workshops will allow young people in SEND settings to learn from their peers, build their confidence and gain crucial skills needed to enter the workplace.

The programme will end in a showcase of young people’s creative responses to the two weeks, where they can invite their wider school communities, friends and families and be celebrated by their local community.

Jonathan’s Story

“Don’t give up. There’s nothing to be scared of.”

Jonathan, an alumnus of Pioneer House School, explains how working at SE Recycling has helped him build his confidence.

Bilal’s Story

“I am confident in my job. It makes me happy.”

Piper Hill School alumnus Bilal speaks about the positive impact his employer HCC Solicitors has had on his life.

Sadek’s Story

Sadek, a former North Ridge School pupil, performs a vital role for North Manchester General Hospital.

His colleagues speak of the “huge benefit” he brings to the hospital.

Amber’s Story

“They have skills that other people might not. They bring something special.”

Amber, a public engagement assistant at Venture Arts, explains why businesses and organisations should employ people with special educational needs.

Azeem’s Story

“I had this vision around delivering workshops that would impact and change the way people perceive disability.”

Salford University graduate and entrepreneur Azeem founded Learn With ESS.

Kyle’s Story

“I didn’t give up after my first interview because I didn’t get the job. I kept going.”

Former Bank Elms pupil and Fairfield General Hospital pharmacy dispenser Kyle shares his top tips when applying for jobs.

Megan’s Story

“Since I started working in the shop, I’ve grown more confident.”

Oakwood Academy teaching assistant Megan explains how working at The Lowry community shop has helped her unlock her potential.

Jamie’s Story

“I was nervous at first. Then, after maybe one week, I was so happy. I got talking.”

Former Rochdale Redwood pupil Jamie has gone from strength to strength since starting as a kitchen assistant at the Aroma Plus Cafe.

Madison’s Story

“When I left school, I thought there would be a huge barrier for me going into the workplace… But I love working now. It’s the best thing ever.”

Madison, a 1st class graduate from Cardiff University, speaks about her journey through mental health to become a marketing assistant at Interpet Central.