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Hertfordshire's SEND Local Offer

Most young people want to do some kind of work in the future. For some people, work is a way of gaining independence, learning new skills, making new friends and feeling more adult. It's also a way of earning money, although not all work is paid.

When you’re looking for work, look on adverts and application forms for either:

Both symbols mean the employer is committed to employing disabled people and you’ll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions for the job.

Find out about jobs in your area on the YC Hertfordshire website or your local Jobcentre.

Supported employment

YC Hertfordshire has a dedicated team of supported employment advisers (SEAs) who work with young people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties aged between 16 and 25. They  work with local employers to support young people into the workplace - arranging work experience placements and supporting, training and coaching young people before and during their employment.

Contact the YC Hertfordshire Supported Employment Team by email or call  01438 844999.

Supported internship

YC Hertfordshire works in partnership with Hertfordshire’s colleges and employers to provide supported internships that help young people who have additional needs, to get into work.

The supported internship programme of study is offered by all four further education colleges in Hertfordshire and is designed to enable young people with additional needs to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need.

Mencap guides to finding work with a disability

Finding work can be difficult if you have a disability. Mencap have developed some easy read guides to finding work.

Access to Work Grant

An Access to Work grant helps pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition so you can:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • start your own business

How much you get depends on your circumstances.

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.