How to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities into work: A short guide for schools, colleges and careers advisors

This short guide outlines the key considerations when supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities to move into paid work. It covers:

  • Raising aspirations of children, young people and everyone around them

  • Ensuring high quality, impartial career information, advice and guidance for young people and outlining how this can be built into the curriculum

  • Understanding the use and importance of vocational pro les, how toinclude their development in classroom or tutorial time and how to ensure they inform a vocational curriculum

  • Developing work experiences in real work settings in line with aspirations

  • Working with social care to maximise opportunities for holiday and weekend jobs

  • Creating more work opportunities through traineeships, supported internships and apprenticeships

  • Ensuring that employment support is of high quality, staff are appropriately trained in supported employment and Training in Systematic Instruction and there are mechanisms for monitoring success rates

  • Ensuring follow-on support is in place for young people after they leave education to maintain or gain paid work