Employers are really important to us at Petty Pool College. Without good employers we would not be able to realise the amazing outcomes we have for our learners as they leave the college. Getting a job can be life changing for the young person and their families, however for far too many people with SEND they simply do not have the same opportunities for employment (5.1% of adults with a learning disability known to their local authority in England are in paid work, NHS Digital, 2021).

We are committed to changing the landscape for our young people and opening doors where so many are closed, we can only do this with employers who share the same passion, drive and commitment. Our young people can work and we are committed to finding them meaningful employment opportunities to do so.

The information below has examples of how employers’ benefit from engaging with education providers as well as the students who attend.

Offer a work placement

We are committed to offering learners placements in their local community to develop their skills.

Our team will support you every step of the way, to ensure that you, your employees and our learners, feel confident and comfortable. Our Curriculum Manager Emma Myles heads the team, and can provide you with all the info you need.


Benefits to employers

Employing a person with learning needs or a disability can bring several benefits to a workplace, including:

Diversity and Inclusion – Hiring individuals with diverse abilities promotes an inclusive work environment, fostering a culture of respect and understanding among employees.

Varied Perspectives – Employees with learning needs often approach problem-solving and tasks with unique perspectives, contributing fresh ideas and innovative solutions to challenges.

Enhanced Creativity – Diverse teams, including individuals with disabilities, tend to be more creative, bringing a range of experiences and insights that can lead to increased innovation within the workplace.

Increased Productivity – Many individuals with learning needs exhibit strong determination and resilience, qualities that can positively impact team morale and productivity.

Improved Employee Morale – Demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion can boost overall employee morale, creating a positive and supportive work environment.

Adaptability – Employees with learning needs often develop strong adaptability and problem-solving skills, contributing to a workforce that can navigate change effectively.

Legal and Ethical Considerations – In the UK, there are legal and ethical imperatives to promote equal employment opportunities. Hiring individuals with disabilities helps organisations meet these obligations and build a socially responsible image.

Customer Relations – Diverse workplaces better represent the broader community, potentially improving customer relations as clients see a commitment to inclusivity.

Employee Loyalty – Companies that prioritise inclusivity and provide adaptations for employees with learning needs may experience higher levels of loyalty and commitment from their workforce.

Skills Development – Organisations that invest in training and support for employees with learning needs may find that they develop valuable skills that benefit both the individual and the company.

In essence, employing individuals with learning needs not only aligns with principles of social responsibility and inclusivity but also contributes to a more dynamic, creative, and adaptable work environment.

What we’re looking for

  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training opportunities
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Work experience opportunities (Group or individual)
  • Guest Speakers
  • Upskilling our tutors on industry skills gaps
  • Site visits

Some of the great businesses we work with:

If you are a local business looking to get involved please get in touch

Let us know about the employment opportunities you can offer our students