Pathways Academy

Are you 18-30, disabled and living in London?

Be a part of the next generation of access talent!

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CAE Pathways is a 12 month programme created by the Centre for Accessible Environments to give you the confidence, skills and support you need to kick start your career in inclusive design and access.

There’s a huge range of job roles linked to the access and inclusion agenda including disability awareness trainer, access auditor, local authority access officer, diversity and inclusion officer, access consultant, access and facilities manager and more.

The CAE Pathways programme is a great starting point for any of these roles. The programme will help provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to get you going.

On the programme you’ll have two days of training every month which will equate to 22 days over 12 months, plus on the job shadowing and mentoring from industry experts, matched to your area of interest.

If you would like to help improve the accessibility of our built environment, making London, and the UK as a whole, more accessible then this programme is for you.

What you should expect to learn on the Pathways programme

We know that disabled people face a number of complex barriers to employment, the Pathways programme seeks to help you overcome those barriers by giving you the technical knowledge you need to develop a career in inclusive design.

The programme covers a different topic each month including:

  • principles of inclusive design
  • access auditing
  • website accessibility
  • designing for neurodiversity
  • access design appraisals

We’ll also help you to develop the all-important communications skills to help you utilise your new technical knowledge, covering topics like presentation and training skills and how to write reports.

What people are saying about Pathways

“For us, making the UK more accessible for disabled people isn’t just about adding ramps or accessible toilets, it’s also removing barriers to employment.

“We’re grateful that the City Bridge Trust has chosen CAE as a partner for its Bridge to Work programme. We hope that the Pathways project will help develop the next generation of access and disability professionals who will help deliver the vision of a more inclusive environment – a key driver for City Bridge Trust and CAE.”
Fara Muneer, CAE’s Head of Business Development


“I’ve seen first-hand how impactful the Bridge to Work programme has been through my work with Whizz Kids who are a long term project partner of the scheme. For young disabled Londoners like me, it can be an anxiety fuelled journey trying to find a job.

“This is why we need more programmes that support disabled people into work. I think it’s great that CAE are not only providing disabled people with employment support, but are encouraging them into careers in inclusive design, which is a subject that effects all disabled people.”

Sam Renke, Actress and disability campaigner


To be eligible you will need to be aged between 18-30 years and living in London, alongside this you will have an interest in developing skills for a career.

Want to know more? Come along to a virtual taster session

If this all sounds like something you would be interested in, you can find out more at our taster sessions. The 2 hour virtual taster session will give you more details about the programme.

You’ll also get a chance to meet the project team, ask any questions about the programme and hear from people already working in the inclusion and access field.

Please email if you’re interested in taking part in one of our taster sessions.

How to apply for the CAE Pathways programme

To apply for the CAE Pathways programme, complete our Pathways programme application form

Applications close on Friday 15th October 2021

Our funder

City Bridge Trust logoThe CAE Pathways programme is part of the City Bridge Trust’s Bridge to Work programme. The Bridge to Work programme aims to tackle the disproportionately high level of young unemployed disabled Londoners.


The City Bridge Trust invests in a range of activities to break down the barriers to employment for 16-30 year olds.

Our partners

Our partners include Mencap, Inclusion London, Action for Kids, National Autistic Society, Muscular Dystrophy UK and Whizz-Kidz.
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