What is the HugglePetsCIC SEN Jobs in a Box? 

HugglePets in the Community are passionate about offering opportunities to children and young people with physical or mental health difficulties who would not usually find themselves a work experience placement due to many obstacles. 

The new HugglePetsCIC SEN Jobs in a Box is essentially a box of items relating to a series of job roles for pupils to explore and understand more about careers in a certain area. For instance, one of the boxes that can be purchased is all around working with Dogs (see image below). Some of the job roles discussed are Dog Handler and Dog Groomer. All of these roles are explored using online activities, physical items inside the box that would be needed as part of each role, and all activities would meet the following benchmarks, adapted where necessary. 

What are the Gatsby Benchmarks? 

  1. A stable careers programme ​
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information ​
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

The programme outlines how each benchmark is met, and provides each School with a Scheme of Work, Classroom Materials, Handouts, HugglePets Uniform and online Log in to the SMART software where the interactive programmes are hosted.

What will the pupils gain from the SEN Jobs in the Box experience? Is there a qualification? 

The items in the box and the online fun based assessment activities are not the only thing that the pupils can enjoy interacting with, they will also be able to receive an AQA Unit Awards Scheme Certificate, this means that pupils will have their work formally recognised by an Awarding Body.  

What type of boxes/job roles will be available to explore? 

  • Dog Box - Available January 2024
  • Cat Box - Coming soon
  • Bird Box - Coming soon 
  • Reptile Box - Coming soon 
  • Small Animals Box - Coming soon 
  • Pet Retail Assistant - Coming soon 

Can I replenish the items in the box? 

Yes - see our Shop online to replenish any items in your box for future sessions. 

More information coming soon.