I have Additional Needs

What is the iCan Campaign?

The iCan campaign has been developed to support 12-25-year olds who have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), and their parent carers & supporters, to develop confidence as they progress through education and into employment and enable them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood.

Our range of iCan resources, available here on our Careers East Sussex website can provide helpful information and advice about local post 16 education & employment pathways, and the organisations & tools young people can access to assist them on their journey.

As part of the iCan Campaign a series of posters have been created showcasing young people from East Sussex thriving either in education, local supported employment or full time / part time employment. Please download and print your own copies or email us if you would like support in accessing more materials. enterprise.coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk

Why is the East Sussex iCan Campaign so important?

'I can' is a phrase we need to remind ourselves of sometimes. I can succeed. Natasha Allen, Supported Internship and Work Experience Lead at Plumpton College shares why the provision at one of our local colleges celebrates success:

"I feel so lucky to be running the Supported Internship programme at Plumpton College. There is definitely a need for this type of programme for young people with SEND. It gives them so many more opportunities for their future and allows for guided reflection on their personal journey.

Most of our students receive Job Coach support in their work placements. Recently, one of our interns has made the journey to work by himself after some weeks of travel training with his Job Coach – what an achievement! This is the kind of support that young people deserve access to in order for them to become more independent, confident and successful in every aspect of their lives.

One piece of advice I would give to secondary school students is to take all of the opportunities on offer to continue learning. I am still learning every day, as are all of my colleagues. We often find out what works for us later on in life and that is perfectly okay, so keep your options open. The world is open to you and, with our support, it is not as scary as you might think."

iCan Event 2022

The iCan event has been developed to support young people in Year 9 upwards, and their parents, carers and supporters, who have barriers to accessing mainstream careers events, such as students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), social, emotional or mental health issues, or other barriers. The event is designed to help young people develop confidence as they progress through education and into employment and enable them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood.

The iCan 2022 event will be taking place in-person at Towner Gallery in Eastbourne on Thursday 30th June 2022. The Careers Hub are looking for employers and education, training and apprenticeship provides to host a stand and bring something engaging for young people or to come along and have an informal chat about further education, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment.

Schools/Colleges, employers and apprenticeship and training providers can sign-up to attend iCan 2022 by emailing the Careers Hub team at Enterprise.Coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk