Training, apprenticeships and volunteering for 16 to 25 year olds with SEND

If you would like to get paid work, there are a few ways you can improve your confidence and get experience to have the best chance.

Local training opportunities

See a list of approved training providers for young people with additional needs.

Supported internships

Young people in full or part-time education aged 16 to 24 who have a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan are expected to follow a study programme. A study programme is a personalised learning programme.

A supported internship is one type of study programme, which helps young people in full or part-time education, aged 16-24 who have Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

Supported internships are structured study programmes based at an employer.

They help young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to move into paid employment by helping them to get the skills they need for work.

Internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements of at least six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Supported internships are available at Plumpton College.

Read government guidance about supported internships.

Local apprenticeships  

Apprenticeships are a mix of training while in a job and learning in a class with a professional and/or teacher. Try the following organisations to find apprenticeship opportunities in Brighton & Hove:

  • Apprenticeships in Sussex can help you to find an apprenticeship in Sussex.
  • National Apprenticeship Provider can give you advice on becoming an apprentice or trainee.
  • The Fed offers a website with advice about living independently and support to do so. The Fed is a user-led organisation that promotes independent living with support for disabled people, their carers, families and friends.
  • National organisation Learn Direct has a section on its website about apprenticeships.

Local volunteering opportunities

Volunteering is unpaid work that you can do to get skills and experience.

The Supported Employment team works with young people aged 18 and older. They can help to find volunteering places as well as paid employment  for people who meet the criteria for Adult Social Care Services, live in Brighton & Hove and are not already accessing similar support from other funded NHS or local authority services.

There are a few really good organisations and databases with a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Brighton & Hove and beyond. You could try these organisations and websites:

BHCC Youth Employability Service helps young people aged 16-25 with a disability to find a volunteer placement that interests you, help with the application, attend initial visits to placements with you and stay in touch throughout your time as a volunteer. They also provide certificates to recognise your time, dedication and positive impact.

Volunteering opportunities offers a listing of local community groups focussing on environmental issues and sustainability, all of whom welcome volunteers.

Youth Action Sussex supports young people between the ages of 16-25 to find volunteering opportunities that meet their skills, interests and passions.

Community Base offers a very wide range of volunteering opportunities in Brighton & Hove.

Search for volunteer roles on the VInspired website.

Better Futures supports people with mental health support needs, learning disabilities, and people on the autism spectrum by finding volunteering opportunities that they feel excited about, we are then able to support them on-to-one whilst volunteering for up to 8 sessions.

Do-It is a national organisation that helps people to find voluntary work.

Helpful information and websites

Amaze offers information, advice and support to young people with special educational needs and disabilities from 16-25. They can help with things like getting the right support at school, college or training, or with health services or social care. We won’t tell a young person what to do, we provide information and support so they can make their own choices. This is a confidential service. Email youngpeople@amazebrighton.org.uk or call the helpline on 01273 772289.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has published ‘My kind of future’, an online guide book about preparing to be an adult for young people with a learning disability. It includes information and advice about getting ready for work, for example, interview advice and how to put a CV together.

Working It Out is a ten-week programme for 16 to 24 year olds who want to get a job. Working It Out will give you confidence and motivation and get you ready for work or training.

LearnDirect's Brighton branch the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services.

The employment and volunteering section of Brighton & Hove City Council’s My Life website for information to help people with a health condition or a social care need, their families and carers, to find the information they require to help with everyday living.

Youth Employability Service (YES) - Learning Difficulties & Disabilities (LDD) Advisers supports young people in Brighton & Hove who have a statement or EHC Plan to make a successful transition into employment, education or training.

The Fed offers a website with advice about living independently and support to do so. The Fed is a user-led organisation that promotes independent living with support for disabled people, their carers, families and friends.

The in2work is a drop-in programme from One Youth Brighton for unemployed young people up to the age of 25 who are looking to get into education, employment or training.

You may need benefits advice from the Welfare Rights Team at the council while you prepare for getting a job.

Get advice about money or advice on staying out of debt.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s My Life Website has a section all about work and volunteering.

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