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Step into Sport - Lead Inclusion Innovation Project

Working in collaboration with Association of Colleges (AoC ) Sport Inclusion Hubs in their region, five Lead Inclusion Schools will explore and evidence the association between the life skills learned through Inclusive Youth Leadership and how these are transferable as young people transition into FE Colleges and employment. Based on the evidence and findings, the intention would be to test approaches post March 2022.


Many employers are still citing the importance of young people developing transferable employability skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and creativity to prepare them for work. The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) reports that 70% of employers want to see the development of employability skills among young people at school and college as a priority.


A recent Labour Force survey found that disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed than their non-disabled peers. In fact, 94% of people living in the UK with an intellectual disability are unemployed. This reinforces the importance of young people with SEND in particular having an opportunity to develop those key life skills that can be transferable into employment.


This Innovation project will also seek to hear from young people (secondary age) about the skills that they perceive to need for employment and whether the Step into Sport camps are a successful platform to begin developing and strengthening those skills for employment.


Youth Employment UK reported in their Youth Voice Census Report (2019) that Less than half of the 3,008 respondents (48%) answered ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you think you understand what skills employers are looking for?’