Help to find work (SEND Local Offer)

Routes into work guide

The Department for Education has put together a guide called 'Routes into Work'. The guide provides information about options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them get a job.

Website: Preparing for adulthood - Routes into work guide (opens in a new window)

Support at your local Job Centre

Job Centres have specially trained employment advisors that can support people with disabilities. They can help you find out what sort of job you would like and help you to apply for it.

Website: .GOV.UK - Looking for work if you're disabled (opens in a new window)

Supported Employment Service

The Supported Employment Service is paid for by Worcestershire County Council and gives free support to people that:

  • have a learning disability
  • receive support from Adult Social Care
  • want to look at options around finding paid employment

The service supports people to access work and learn through paid work, helping to increase life skills, experience, involvement in the community and independence.

The service works with partners, charities, business and employers to help them understand how they can employ and support people with Learning Disabilities in a work setting.

It works with Adult Services and other Worcestershire County Council support teams to speak to support workers, learning disability community teams and commissioners of services to support someone's journey in to work in the best way. This might include working with teams to understand things like housing, safeguarding, education, travel or other day activity. The service also provides advice and links to other organisations that can also offer work related support and guidance.

For more information:

Email supportedemployment@worcestershire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01905 844393

There are some other things that might help you to get a job:

  • careers advice and support – you can get some advice on what jobs might be suited to you and what skills and experience you might need to apply
  • apprenticeships – this is where you can work while you study
  • traineeships – there are lots of programmes where you can gain qualifications, skills, work experience and improve your confidence
  • volunteering – this will help you gain some experience of what it's like to have a job as well as meet new people and employers