Supported Internships, Work Experience and Employment (SEND)

For all young people, finishing compulsory schooling can be a time of change and uncertainty. The transition out of school can be even harder for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. However, it can also be an exciting time, with a variety of pathways available.

Careers education and aspiration is embedded in the curriculum from Year 7 in mainstream and special schools. The government’s Careers Strategy states that each student should have at least one experience of work before they turn 16. This could be work experience, a workplace visit or work shadowing.

At the Year 9 Transition Review meeting, discussion will begin as to what they might like to do as a career. This discussion is ongoing up to year 13 or 14.

Every school has a named careers leader who will help students to find appropriate work-related learning opportunities based on their likes and dislikes. The contact details of the careers leader must be published on the schools’ website.

Adviza provide one-to-one careers guidance for all young people with an EHCP in mainstream and all students in a special school. This is funded by the Local Authority.

Routes Into Work Guide

This handy guide by preparingforadulthood.org.uk provides information about options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them move into paid employment.

Money, Benefits and Allowances (SEND)

Living Independently (SEND)

Supported Living Services (SEND)

Transition into Adult Social Care (SEND)