The project is made up of many providers of assistance and support to people with disabilities such as specialist education establishments, charities and local authority employment teams, and aims to use economies of scale to engage with large employers providing a mutual benefit to all those providers involved.
Employer engagement forms a critical part of a provider's work and many successful and hugely valuable relationships are already in place.
However engagement with national employers can often be elusive at a local level. In many cases a relationship with one local manager cannot be replicated with his/her replacement if they move on.
From an education perspective, within the current Ofsted Common Inspection Framework 2012, inspectors will look for college management to 'successfully plan, establish and manage the curriculum and learning programmes to meet the needs and interests of employers' as well as evaluating the extent to which 'learners progress into jobs that meet local and national needs'.
In July 2103 the Department of Work and Pensions published 'Fulfilling Potential - Making It Happen'. In that publication they recognise that 'innovative approaches to employer engagement' are needed.
If you or your establishment be it a charity, a school, a college, a local authority, or anyone else, would like to join us, please get in touch!