Pathways Academy

Be part of the next generation of access talent

CAE Pathways logo CAE Pathways is a 9 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 Academy is a great starting point for any of these roles. The training course will help provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to get you going. On the course you’ll have two days of training every month which will equate to 22 days over the 9 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 course is for you.

What will you learn at the Pathways Academy?

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

The course 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.

Find out more about our trainers

Our trainers all have decades of experience and currently work in the inclusive design and access field. They are:

What do Pathways Academy students say?

Nicky Sutherland “Access, to me, was a bottomless pit of standards and regulations. It wasn’t something I was interested in, but the Pathways taster session certainly changed that. The programme has allowed me to pick apart inclusive design and see what interests me.

“It opened my eyes to the inaccessibility baked into many aspects of society, and it’s certainly made me want to learn more.” Nicky Sutherland, Pathways Student.



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

Want to know more? Sign up 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 course.

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

Please email if you’re interested in taking part in a taster session on either June 28 or July 26 2022.

How to apply for the CAE Pathways Academy

To apply for the CAE Pathways Academy, starting in October 2022, please complete the online application form.

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Our funder

City Bridge Trust logoThe CAE Pathways Academy is part of the City Bridge Trust’s Bridge to Work programme which 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. Royal Society of Blind ChildrenNational Autistic Society logoMy AFK logo - working with disability