SEN Youth: From Empowerment to Employment

start-up, job training and opportunities, children and youth, Impact Incubator

Developing a curriculum for both employers and employees to enhance employment opportunities for young people with special education needs

 

In Hong Kong, young people with special education needs (SEN) sometimes have difficulties in securing a job despite possessing good qualifications. This is partly due to their lack of skills and mindset required in a work environment, while employers may have insufficient knowledge of hiring and grooming SEN employees. Against this background, the venture is to develop a training curriculum for both SEN youths and employers and to help training organisations/instructors master the deployment of the curriculum.

The training curriculum will be designed and developed with employers' input. Through the training, SEN youths will acquire the mindset, technical skills and behavioural and professional presence required in a workplace. Trainees will be provided with individual support by a dedicated mentor. Employment opportunities will also be offered to the graduates.

Frontline supervisors who will work with SEN staff will also receive training to understand SEN youths more and learn how to groom them.

Name of Organisation

Generation: You Employed (HK) Limited

Approved Funding Amount

HK$499,200

Funding Period (Status)

1.5 years (Active)

Expected Impact

To provide training and employment opportunities to 30 SEN youths

Milestones/Progress

As at April 2020:

  • Recruited 12 SEN youths in the first cohort of bootcamp training
  • Engaged YWCA as the local partner, and selected two instructors for course delivery and two mentors for mentorship programme
  • Designed the curriculum jointly with SEN experts in schools

Website

https://hongkong.generation.org/