Careers for All

Careers for All is a programme run by Leeds Museums and Galleries, designed to help bridge the gap  between learning in school to earning in the workplace.

The programme creates a range of career aspiring opportunities for young people with SEND (special educational need and disabilities) across the UK.

A group of students in a Careers for All workshop at Leeds Discovery Centre

Careers for All Toolkit

We have produced a downloadable toolkit which has been designed to support organisations that would like to create SEND careers offers. The toolkit provides a range of ways to engage young people with SEND and examples of activities that we have facilitated successfully.

The toolkit is designed for museum and heritage settings and has been inspired by our collections and colleagues. It can be used to generate a greater understanding of including careers based learning at your organisation and how to make these activities accessible.

Museum object store at Leeds Museums and Galleries

Why Careers for All?

In 2019 Mencap identified that the number of young people with a learning disability who are in sustained employment is at 6% and this figure is falling, in 2015 it was at 7%, yet there is the potential for 70% to be in employment. The evidence from the CEC (Careers and Enterprise Company) highlights that “a young person who has four or more high-quality encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training.”

According to the Department of Education (2017) 14.4% of all school age children have SEN and 8% have a disability. Our Careers for All programme was created in 2019 through the Real World Science Network; a collaborative network which supports natural history institutions to deliver inspirational, authentic and relevant informal science learning across the UK. Phase 1 is funded by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation until December 2020.

Find out more about Careers for All on the MyLearning website

Read our placement student case study at Leeds Discovery Centre

Contact Us

Our toolkit is a guide to help you build career aspiring activities through face to face interaction. If you would like to speak to us to find out more or have any general queries please contact us via email [email protected] or send an enquiry form across to us.

Museums n’That Podcast

Find about our Learning Officer, Carl, who looks after the Careers for All programme at Leeds Museums & Galleries in our Museum’s n’That podcast episode. Hear about his background and his role here, along with some interesting stories about previous jobs and his passion for learning.