boy wearing an apron cooking

Skills and Employability consists of three areas within The Education People:

  • Kent Children's University™ - a service for children aged 5-14.
  • Secondary School Improvement, Skills and Employability - working with secondary schools and colleges to reduce Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) figures in young people aged 11-19.
  • Specialist Employment - supporting people aged 16-70 with physical/learning difficulties, autism and other barriers, to seek and sustain employment.

Kent Children's University™

Kent Children’s University™ works in partnership with schools and families to develop this love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school.

The impact of these activities is proven to be positive which is why we are committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds.

three children in purple gowns and mortorboards graduating from Kent Children's University
Children looking at text books and writing

Secondary School Improvement, Skills & Employability

We support providers in the development of appropriate curriculum pathways and work with employers to generate apprenticeship opportunities, to ensure the reduction of young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs).

Our service provides joined-up young people tracking, careers advice and guidance, and curriculum development. As a result, the Kent Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) figures are consistently lower than the national average.

Alongside this, the Secondary School Improvement, Skills and Employability service will:

• Make suitable provision for excluded pupils and children with special educational needs or disabilities and to ensure they make good progress.
• Increase participation and outcomes for (14-19 year olds (24 for SEND)).
• Reduce the number of young people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET).
• Support schools, colleges and providers to raise the post 16 attainment level.
• Improve and extend the countywide offer of vocational education, training and apprenticeships.
• Provide information and guidance on the full range of education and training opportunities (14-19 year olds (24 for SEND)) including apprenticeships and technical pathways.
• Develop employment engagement and programmes for vulnerable learners.
• Facilitate the development of the transition year.
• Support development of (14-19 year olds) cost effective provision.
• Provide support for Career Information Advice and Guidance in light of the recently published Careers Strategy, and coordinate the countywide strategy.
• Enable all Kent County Council schools to access the apprenticeship levy.
• Support schools to meet their statutory requirement to promote apprenticeships (2009 Apprenticeships, Skills and Children and Learning Act).

girl speaking in front of her class
man strimming weeds with protective clothing and headgear on.

Specialist Employment

The Specialist Employment service works with adult social services, schools, colleges, training providers, employers and other Local Authorities to professionally support service users with physical/learning difficulties, autism and other barriers. We offer a robust service of direct delivery through the supported employment model, job coaching and travel training. Our service also provides consultancy, training and job retention for organisations. This specialism allows us to lead on bespoke programmes such as Supported Internships and Supported Apprenticeships.

Integrity is key with the Specialist Employment service - the service empowers clients to seek, find and sustain employment. This is carried out through use of the supported employment model encompassing professional careers guidance, vocational profiling and job coaching. This professional support extends to employers to help them employ staff from a wider resource and recognise their workforce’s full potential – enabling clients and employers to be the best they can be.

The Education People’s Specialist Employment service are able to professionally support service users aged 16-70 with a disability and/or disadvantage to prepare, find and sustain paid employment. Five percent of our clients have disabilities including physical, brain and sensory disabilities, the remaining 95% of our clients, either have a learning disability, are on the autistic spectrum, or have significant boundaries to seeking, finding and sustaining employment independently.

The quality and reputation of our service makes us not only the supplier of choice throughout Kent but extends nationally. We are members of BASE (British Association of Supported Employment) and our service is widely regarded within this association as an exemplar of very best practice.