Who we are
Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist post-16 education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Our vision is that all young people with learning difficulties or disabilities can access high quality education and training, which meets their individual needs and supports their aspirations for skills, work and life.
What we do
Natspec promotes a ‘mixed economy’ of specialist further education and training provision for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities that broadens their choice, supports their aspirations and represents their best interests.
Our core activities are that we:
- Support, inform and promote our members: via guidance briefings, events, conferences, networks and promotional activity via our directory, website, e-newsletters, social media and articles to highlight the positive difference members can make the lives of young people with SEND
- Influence policy: via representations to government, funding agencies and other stakeholders, including through the use of student voice.
- Support the wider FE sector: via training and development within the Natspec Transform service, together with projects and partnerships to support professionals throughout the sector.
- Deliver and implement policy: we work to ensure the needs of young people with SEND are being met in accordance with the Code of Practice, and provide opportunities for students to engage in inter-college activities such as Inclusive Skills, the Natspec Games and the Student Parliament. We also provide advice and guidance to young people, their families and supporters.
As part of its on-going determination to increase opportunities for disabled people to find and retain jobs, Natspec has signed up to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme.
The scheme is aimed at giving employers the tools they need to recruit, retain and develop disabled people in their workforce. Employers can sign up to one of three new levels:
- Disability Confident Committed (Level 1), encouraging employers to start the journey
- Disability Confident Employer (Level 2), where employers are recruiting, retaining and developing disabled staff
- Disability Confident Leader (Level 3), where they ensure they are helping others to be Disability Confident as well.
Natspec has signed up to level one of the scheme and has committed to offering work experience and work shadowing opportunities for college students.