What services are available?
In school or college
Legally all schools and colleges must have someone who provides careers guidance to pupils. You can speak to your school or college to find out who provides careers guidance, in lots of cases in Hertfordshire this is provided by Services for Young People. For those in special schools, please contact the Services for Young People LDD Team.
Outside of school or college
Visit a Young People's Centre for careers advice. Someone will be there who can help you to work out steps into employment. Find your local Young People's Centre offering 1-to-1 advice and support - and be sure to check the opening times, as each Young People's Centre has different opening hours.
You can also speak to SfYP's LDD team on their duty line. They will offer advice about employment and personal development opportunities over the phone.
SfYP's LDD team duty line is for all young people, whatever their learning difficulty/ disability or background.
Careers advice if you have an EHCP
For those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), SfYP's LDD team can offer a Personal Advisor. For those who attend Hertfordshire Special Schools or out of county schools, the Personal Adviser will be from the SfYP LDD Team.
They work with young people from the age of 14, and are involved in the Year 9 EHCP Review and will provide a Preparing for Adulthood Transition Plan. 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 SfYP, then they may have their own offer. Or If you would specifically like support from SfYP, 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, SfYP's LDD team will provide them with support to find work (or get back into education or training) up until the age of 25 (or until the age of 20 if they have an EHCP.