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Routes to employment

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 work place 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 LA.

Apprenticeships and Supported Internships

Supported Internships are for young people with an EHCP who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so. The internship placement will be named in their EHCP.

If the young person is still at school, the school’s careers leader will liaise with suitable employers to arrange a supported internship.

Back2Base provides advice and supported internship opportunities in Bucks for adults with learning difficulties, mental health problems and disabilities.

Wannabe Bucks lists current work experience and apprenticeship opportunities in Bucks.

Bucks Adult Learning helps to facilitate apprenticeships between post-16 school attendees and local businesses. Speak to your young person’s school careers lead for information about any work currently taking place.

Support for Schools Programme run by Jobcentre Plus helps schools deliver their statutory duty to provide independent and impartial careers advice to young people aged 12 to 18 who have a SEND, are NEET or are otherwise disadvantaged. Speak to your school’s career’s leader to find out more.

Further Education to prepare for the world of work

Buckinghamshire College Group run a Supported Internship Programme which aims to prepare post-18 young people with a SEND for the world of work.

Berkshire College of Agriculture offer Foundation Studies for students who have a learning difficulty or require extra support to access education, working from Entry Level 1 to Level 1.

Work Experience

Toolshed Bucks offers construction skills training for young people with a SEND or who are NEET aged 16-24. Referrals can come via the LA.

Lindengate offers social and therapeutic horticulture, particularly for people with mental health issues and Autism. The tailored gardening approach offers work experience and helps to build confidence for returning to the workplace. You can self-refer or be referred by your GP.

Thrift Farm offers supported employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. Watch a video of disabled young people working at Thrift Farm.

Help in getting a job

Access to Work Fund can be used by some people with disabilities for a variety of reasons, which can help them to travel or perform their work tasks.

Job Centre Plus has Disability Employment Advisers to advise and create a plan of action to help you meet your employment goals.

Macintyre provide specialist outreach support to young people either in college or on work experience placements. Access to Macintyre’s services will be included on the EHCP or referrals are via the LA.

Bucks Workability offers support to disabled people who are looking for employment opportunities in Bucks.