Young people with special needs get help to enter the world of work

Published: Thursday 16th March 17

More than 250 young people, parents and carers attended the free Get Set GO! employment event for young people aged between 14 and 25 with disabilities and/or special needs.

Lauren Ackland tests her boxing skills with Carney’s Community

The event, now in its third year, offers young people, their parents and carers the chance to find out about choices after school or college, local training opportunities and employment, as well as local support groups and services available in the borough.

Stands, workshops and presentations demonstrated various routes into education, employment or training and virtual reality company 3D Novations held a ConnectUP workshop to allow young people to experience a virtual office environment.

The event was organised jointly by the council and South Thames College, with support from the Wandsworth Ambitions Careers Cluster.

Exhibitors included Act Two, Baked Bean Theatre Company, Beyond Autism, Care Trade UK, Carney’s Community, Carshalton College, Certitude, Department for Work and Pensions, HAIL, HOA2, Kingston College, Lambeth College, Let Me Play Ltd, Live Too Limited, Morden Hall Park, Orchard Hill College, Prince’s Trust, Project Search, Resurgo-Spear, Roots & Shoots, Seetec, Share Community, South Thames College, Transport for London, WIASS, Work Match and BASE.

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Business spokesperson Cllr Kim Caddy said: “I’m thrilled that Get Set GO! has once again been a huge success, and that so many young people, parents and carers came along to make the most of what the event had to offer.

“Helping young people with disabilities and special educational needs to make informed choices about their futures is an important part of the council’s ongoing Aspirations programme, an initiative aimed at improving local residents’ life chances and helping them achieve their goals.”

You can also visit the council’s Local Offer site for advice on preparing for adulthood.

If you want to comment on the event, find out more or add your or your organisation’s name to next year’s invitation list, email

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