Devon’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Education, training and employment

When you have decided on a career path, you need to look at education and training courses that will support you in achieving this.

All young people need to stay in education or training until they are 18. Schools must help young people to identify what they are interested in learning about, from year 9 which provides opportunities for the future. This could be through:

  • a full-time education, for example, school or college or sixth form
  • an apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship
  • part-time education or training combined with either employment (or self-employment) for 20 hours or more a week or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
  • higher education – information about what support you could receive and applications to UCAS can be found on our Education for young adults page

Schools and colleges should support young people with career planning and preparing for employment this could include early planning and interviews.

Here is a video of young people discussing training and employment options:

Have a look at some case studies from Devon:

CSW Group (formerly Careers South West)

Careers Southwest Group logo

CSW Group supports young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) from academic year 9 if they are likely to make a transition to a different post-16 provider after year 11 and they will continue to support young people that have an EHCP from ages 16-25.

CSW Group helps these young people to think about what career they would like in the future, and plan what they will do when they leave school. CSW also provides this support if the young person is in year 12 or above making a transition to a different education provider.

CSW Group provides a targeted service for young people with an EHCP if they are not in education, employment or training or at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

CSW can also provide electively home educated students who may be considered ‘at risk of NEET’ if they are either:

  • not engaging in FE provision in Key Stage 4
  • not likely to achieve GCSE maths and English 4 or above

To find out more contact CSW Group.

Exeter Works

Exeter Works is the main youth hub offer for Devon with national COVID-19 recovery funding – the offer is universal with more targeted support in their in-person hub in the centre of Exeter. The Exeter Works website contains lots of general employment and skills advice and guidance.

Skills Launchpad

The Skills Launchpad is the online offer from the Heart of The South West (HOT SW) LEP covering the South West region – there is lots of advice and guidance for young people on the Skills Launchpad website.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.