Preparing for Adulthood has prepared "Routes Into Work Guide" which provides information about the options available for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them move into paid employment.
Supported Internships is a pathway into employment for young people aged 16-25 with an EHCP, offered through Further Education Colleges or other post 16 education and training institutions (including independent schools). These placements are unpaid and last for a minimum of six months. They are a type of study programme where young people can 'learn on the job'. In Supported Internships most of the learning is done at work and some in college. This guide provides more information about supported internships. The way the education and training is delivered should be specified in section F of your EHCP and the institution(s) to be attended (if any) in section I.
A traineeship is another alternative route into employment or an apprenticeship and it can last up to 6 months. Its aim is to provide work preparation, english and maths training for those that need it and work experience. A traineeship is for young people aged 16 – 24 who are unemployed, have little or no work experience, and do not have a Level 3 qualification.
Help with finding a traineeship is available at GOV.UK – Find a traineeship.
You can undertake apprenticeships with an EHC plan, provided the apprenticeship is below Level 4 (i.e. not higher education). Apprenticeships are a combination of practical training in a job combined with study. They can take between 1 and 4 years to complete, depending on the level you undertake. As an apprentice you will be paid for working at least 30 hours per week and will get paid holidays. You will be studying for a qualification either in your place of work or in a classroom, for example 4 days per week in the workplace, and one day per week at college.
You can find out more about apprenticeships and search for opportunities on Gov.UK
Disability Rights UK – Into Apprenticeships Guide is for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England. It contains a useful resources section listing further websites, publications and organisations which can help.
If you feel the need to develop your employability skills and self-confidence before you get a job, there are good opportunities to join a pre-employment or employability skills programme.
When you feel confident and work ready, there are organisations who can help you to look for a job, write a CV and make an application. Once you have a job, there are also organisations who can help you to get the right support from your employer.
The Redbridge Connexions Team can support you with the above.
The Redbridge Connexions Team provides careers information, advice and guidance on further education, training (apprenticeships, traineeships) and employment options, to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), young people at risk of becoming NEET and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND).
They work with young people aged 13 to 19 (up to age 25 for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) who live in Redbridge and they offer a telephone service. To talk to a Connexions Adviser call 020 8708 2600.
Volunteering is a good way to gain experience in a chosen field and there are lots of vacancies available in Redbridge and the surrounding areas