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Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) and Employment

Help to find work - PfA

Help to find work

At Achieving for Children (AfC) we support young people with SEND into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living options and friends, relationships and community inclusion - outcomes which have been set nationally by government. We at AfC will work with young people and their families and our partners, to improve life chances for young people. We can also share good news stories about what has already worked for others. 

View more on the outcomes on the Preparing for Adulthood website (opens an external website)

Schools have a responsibility to give all young people independent careers advice from Year 8 onwards.  Schools can ask other agencies such as Adviza to deliver this on their behalf.  Schools also give young people opportunities to do work experience to give you the chance to think about what job you would like to do and to develop new skills.

You may start to have discussions about your long term goals for employment from an early age.  When you reach Year 9  from that point onwards the Annual Review meeting with the school or college gives you the opportunity to look at employment options and any support you may need to achieve your goals.  You might look at training options such as traineeships and apprenticeships or going onto further study before you move into work.  Planning for your employment will be included in your Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan if you have one.

You can receive support in the local area from supported employment agencies like Ways into Work  to find a job that suits you.  There are  also national government schemes such as Access to Work that can help you get into work and certain benefits that are available to you when you are in work.

The video below shows some case studies of young people at the Borough's Special School, Manor Green, who have been supported into employment through Ways into Work.