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What preparation can you do yourself?

Talk to your young person about what interests and skills they have, and what they would like to do next. Do they feel confident enough to start work, or would they benefit from a college course or some training before work?

Think early about what skills your young person could build

It's worth looking into what the 4 colleges in Hertfordshire can offer, as they all run job related courses which will help to get your young person into an industry at the end of it.

Get some careers advice

We've listed all of the careers advice options for you below. Depending on whether you are in school or college, have an EHCP or not, or are out of education, there are places you can go to get the advice you need.

What services are available?

Careers Advice

In school or college

Legally all schools must have someone who provides careers guidance to pupils. In most cases in Hertfordshire this is provided by YC Hertfordshire.

Outside of school or college

Visit a YC Hertfordshire access point for careers advice. Someone will be there who can help you to work out steps into employment. Find your local access point - and be sure to check the opening times, as each access point has different opening hours.

You can also speak to speak to YC Hertfordshire's LDD team on their duty line. They will offer advice about employment and personal development opportunities over the phone.

YC Hertfordshire's LDD team duty line is for all young people, whatever their ability or background.

Careers advice if you have an EHCP

For those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the YC Hertfordshire LDD team can offer Personal Advisers.

They work with young people from the age of 14, and are involved in the Yr 9 Preparing for Adulthood review. If you want your young person to have a Personal Adviser, the school or college must refer for you.

If the school’s careers guidance is not provided by YC Hertfordshire, then they may have their own offer. Or If you’d specifically like support from YC Hertfordshire, your school can refer to them, but there will be a cost to the school.

If your young person is not in education but would like this support, you can refer but there will be a cost for the service.

Interview and job seeking support

JobCentre Plus Disability Employment Advisers - You can speak to one of JobCentre Plus's Advisers about looking for work, and they can tell you about training and skills, and let you know about disability friendly employers in your area.

JobCentre Plus Work and Health programme - Work Choice is a voluntary programme for disabled people to help them find work by giving them training, interview coaching and skills development.

Traineeships and apprenticeships

  • Traineeships - help young people aged 16 - 24 to develop essential work skills, support with english and maths, and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.
  • Apprenticeships - there are lots of organisations, colleges and businesses across Hertfordshire that offer apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Building better opportunities - programmes to help people gain work skills and offering mentoring support.
  • Mencap - offers traineeships and apprenticeships: Their traineeship programme helps young people with a learning disability or autism aged 19 - 24 to develop the skills and experience needed to move into work or an apprenticeship. Their apprenticeship programme, MAP Your Future, supports people with a learning disability or autism aged 16 and above to progress into paid work. Apprentices benefit from experience in a real workplace as well as improved english and maths skills.

Supported employment and internships

  • YC Hertfordshire supported employment - a team of mentors and job coaches help young people aged 16-25 with an EHCP to find a job and learn how to do that job. The young person will have a job coach who attends work with them, until their support is no longer needed. The supported employment team work with the employer too, to support them in their role.
  • YC Hertfordshire supported internships - supported internships are offered by all four colleges in Hertfordshire. The programme is designed to help young people with additional needs achieve paid employment by teaching them the skills they need. Most of the learning is based in the workplace and there is a range of employment settings. Interns are given on-the-job training by expert coaches.
  • Mencap's Interns and Outcomes - Mencap's programme can help you to find the right employer for you, and provide someone to help you learn new skills in the workplace, with the aim of securing the job at the end.
  • Work Fit - a national employment programme by the Down's Syndrome Association which brings together employers and jobseekers who have Down’s syndrome.
  • Work Solutions - a programme for young people who receive a Care Package from Adult Social Care. They will help people with additional needs through the whole process, right through from writing a CV, finding and applying for a job, through to support at work, until the person is confident in their paid job role.

Helping adults into work

Connected 2 Work is a scheme that supports young people with SEND (from the age of 18) to find jobs or volunteering opportunities.

You can also explore the support offered by Hertfordshire's adult social care service, helping young people and adults into work.

Access to Work grants

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you should talk to your employer about making reasonable adjustments to support you. If the help you need at work is not covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments however, you may be able to get help from Access to Work.

This includes:

  • mental health support
  • applying for an Access to Work grant.

An Access to Work grant can pay for:

  • special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings
  • help getting to and from work.

You'll need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to work to apply.

Access to Work and internships/ traineeships

An Access to Work grant can cover the additional support your young person might need for the in-work element of a supported internship or traineeship.

Your young person must be:

  • 16 or over and have a disability, health condition or mental health condition that affects their ability to work.
  • have a paid job (you cannot get a grant for voluntary work), be self-employed, have a job interview, be about to start a job or work trial, or be starting work experience.

 

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