Youth Employability Service - Learning Difficulties & Disabilities Advisers

We support young people aged 16-25 with a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) to make a successful move into employment, education or training in Brighton & Hove.

We also support young people with SEND who don’t have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) from the ages of 16 until 19 years old.

How it works

The Youth Employability Service’s Learning Difficulties & Disabilities Advisers work with young people in special and mainstream schools, as well as young people who are away at school or college outside of Brighton & Hove. We also liaise with parents, carers and schools.

Some of the ways we support young people are by:

  • offering guidance appointments
  • attending the young person’s annual review from Year 10
  • converting statements of special educational needs into Education, Health and Care plans, working closely with the young person and their family
  • supporting young people with Education, Health and Care plans over the summer months after they’ve left school, and during the first months of their new course
  • writing Education Funding Agency (EFA) applications for specialist provision
  • acting as an expert witness at SEN tribunals
  • conducting an assessment of any pupil with a statement or an Education, Health and Care plan leaving school at 16-19 years old to develop their plan for post-school education or training.

Support – year by year

  • Year 9: we provide a general statement for contribution to the annual review paperwork
  • Year 10: we offer a guidance appointment and attend the annual review
  • Year 11: we offer a guidance appointment and attend the annual review and draw up the Moving On Plan
  • Years 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17: we work with young people in post-16 schools, colleges or sixth forms and attend each year's annual review. We can refer a young person to the Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) team, if appropriate.

Get started

To be eligible, the young person needs:

Our staff

The Youth Employability Service (YES) team is made up of Learning Difficulties & Disabilities (LDD) Advisers with a professional Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) qualification.

We also work with other services to make sure that young people make a successful transition at 16, 18 or 24 years old to education, employment or training.

Contact us

Get full contact details and opening times for the Youth Employability Service (YES).

Accessibility

We have an accessible toilet and accessible changing facilities, a lift and a ramp.

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