Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Information for young people on apprenticeships and traineeships can be found on further education-skills on GOV UK. You can also search for local vacancies.
Apprenticeships are open to all young people, dependent on their skills and qualifications. Traineeships provide extra support for 16-24 year olds who need extra help to prepare for an apprenticeship or work. Your school or college will be able to provide more information on apprenticeships and traineeships.
Supported Internships are for 16-24 year olds with learning difficulties or disabilities. They combine experience of work and qualifications in a personalised programme. To be eligible young people must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan). In Cambridgeshire, supported internships are currently offered by Cambridge Regional College at their Cambridgeshire and Huntingdon sites. College of West Anglia, City College Peterborough and Peterborough Regional College also offer some.
The pathway to employment is a key part to preparing for adulthood. Engaging in work has shown to improve self confidence, health, and community engagement.
- Vacancies for adults are advertised on Universal Job Match on GOV UK website and on a range of local and national job seeking sites.
- If you are over 18 and have a disability, your local Jobcentre Plus can offer advice and information on finding a job and the range of programmes and funding that may be available.
Job coach support
The 14-25 Additional Needs Team has two job coaches covering North and South Cambridgeshire. Job coaches work with young people with additional needs to:
- Support them in gaining work experience
- Help them apply for and gain supported employment
- Offer careers guidance
Our job coaches work with employers and young people to create work opportunities.
- Create vocational profiles that match a young person’s skills, knowledge, and aspirations
- Give guidance on work placements, internships, work experience, application training and careers guidance
- Provide 1:1 support for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
- Support in work: breaking down tasks, risk assessments and reasonable adjustments
Contact your local job coach
North Cambridgeshire Job Coach - Genevieve.Ray@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
South Cambridgeshire Job Coach - Megan.firstname.lastname@example.org
A document that follows the young person through education, and into work. It starts when they are 14, ideally. As goals, interests and achievements change the vocational profile can be up-dated. This is then used to inform any pre-16 work experience. The Vocational Profile will inform the best pathway for post-16 education and planning of any work experiences and interactions with employers.
Within education, it will inform:
- Understanding the sectors of employment a young person is interested in and the potential employers they should have contact with as a result to understand these sectors;
- Understanding what work experience/tasters they should have and the support needed;
- Understanding the most appropriate vocational curriculum for a young person and the support they will need through this.
Example of a 'Vocational Profile' with supporting images
Further employment information and resources
- An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you start working, stay in work or start a business.
- Work Choice is a voluntary programme that helps disabled people to find, get and keep a job. The type of support you can get depends on your needs for example training and developing skills, building confidence and interview skills.
- Advice to help young disabled people find work on GOV UK.
- Mencap - A charity that supports and advocates for people with learning disabilities
- Preparing for adulthood - Information for Cambridgeshire families
- SENDIASS offers impartial information and advice for families who have a child with special educational needs or emerging needs.
Virtual Employment event for people with additional needs
Social training enterprises
Social training enterprises provide vocational training and work-related activities for people with disabilities or complex needs. Training opportunities range from cycle repair to catering, horticulture, retail, printing, woodwork, recycling and customer service skills. The learning opportunities include social skills and personal development, independent living, portfolio building and careers advice and guidance. It is possible to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Some young people may go to a social training enterprise as part of their college course or an Individual Curriculum Solutions package. For adults, attendance is normally funded by social care or from a person's own benefits.
There are a number of social and training enterprises offering a range of work and other opportunities. You can find out more about them and what they do at their websites
- Branching Out
- Burwell Community Print
- The Prospects Trust at Snakehall Farm
- Rowan Humberstone
There is also a local Social Training Enterprise Group (STEnG) with the aim of working together to increase opportunities.