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Transition for young people with special education needs and disabilities can have a significant impact on their experience of moving into adulthood. The options that young people have after year 11 can be confusing, the post 16 landscape is very diverse. There are many different routes and pathways that young people can take and choices have to be carefully made. Gathering information about different options is an essential part of this process.
Options for Post-16 should encompass, support that leads to employment, supported employment, independent living, good health, friends, relationships and community inclusion for all young people with special education needs.
When young people leave school after year 11, they are likely to have some or all of the following pathways to adulthood options available to them, depending on their ability, independence and support needs:
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Study programmes are aimed at learners aged 16-19 and cover all levels from entry level qualifications up to Level 3. A study programme can only have one core aim at a time and all activities must be relevant to the overall needs and aspirations of the learner. All young people without a GCSE Grade C in English or maths must continue to work towards achieving level 2 in these subjects (where appropriate and achievable).
A study programme will:
Traineeships are an education and training programme with work experience. The core content of traineeships is a high quality work experience placement, work preparation training, and English and maths provision where appropriate. The opportunity of a work experience placement with an external employer in the sector they are interested in, is critical to making traineeships attractive and effective to young people.
Traineeships are available for young people aged 16 to 24 inclusive, including young people with Learning Difficulty Assessments or Education, Health and Care plans.
Young people aged 19 to 24 with an Education, Health and Care plan or Learning Difficulty Assessment are eligible to access traineeships, provided they start before their 25th birthday.
The target group for traineeships will be young people who:
Traineeships are focused around a high quality work placement, but also include English and mathematics for learners who haven’t already achieved A*-C at GCSE and work preparation training, such as CV writing and interview techniques.
The duration of a traineeship is a maximum of 6 months. It is expected that the duration of the work placement within a traineeship is a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 5 months.
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training which allows a young person to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and are a way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience at the same time.
There are a wide range of Apprenticeships from administration through to engineering. They involve learning a craft, skill or profession while earning a wage and gaining a nationally recognisable qualification.
Once the Apprenticeship has finished there’s the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.
The National Apprenticeship Service is working with UCAS to extend this system so that more qualifications gained during an Apprenticeship count towards an individual’s university application.
Anyone in England can apply for an apprenticeship if they are:
There are three levels in England:
To find current apprencticeships you can go the the Government's web site - www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
You can search for current opportunities, but if you want further information or want to apply for an apprenticeship, you must create an account. This will allow you to:
Offers a range of services and support to a membership network of work based learning providers. Steering best practice, they provide a structure for collaborative work between our members and offer links with other agencies operating in the work-based learning sector.
The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Apprenticeship Hub is a collaborative group, responsible to the LCR Employment and Skills Board. The Hub aims to increase the awareness of, the number of and the quality of apprenticeships available to residents of the region by supporting and co-ordinating apprenticeship activities to make Apprenticeships Work for businesses and young people.
Supported employment is widely recognised as a model for successfully integrating people with disabilities into the labour market. Mentoring and peer support can support the transition into employment and enable the new employee to maintain their employment and develop at work. Supported employment enables people with disabilities take the next step towards the world of work and training. It is a tailor made service to help young people be as independent as possible to enable to enable young people to reach their potential in adult life.
More information can be found on our Stephensons Resource Centre page, or contact them directly:
Stephensons Resource Centre
Telephone: 01744 677828
Providing Work Activity, Training and Daycare
Midstream (West Lancs) Ltd
2 Penrose Place, West Pimbo, Skelmersdale, West
Lancashire, WN8 9PR
Telephone: 01695 555316
The Merseyside Colleges' Association (MCA) was established in 1993 and represents all ten colleges in Greater Merseyside, including seven further education and three sixth-form colleges.
C/O Liverpool Community College,
Bankfield Road, Liverpool,
Telephone: 0151 252 3071
Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road
Telephone: 0115 854 1322
|Address||Lansbury Avenue, Parr, St Helens, Merseyside WA9 1BU|
|Fax Number||01744 678761|
|Head Teacher||Mr Warren Brooks|
|Deputy Head Teacher||Mr John Thompson (Acting)|
|SEN - Local Offer|