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Devon’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Preparing for employment and employment support

Applying for and getting a job is a big and exciting step. When you get a job, you can earn your own money, meet new people and be independent. There are lots of things you can do to get ready for a job.

The government’s job help website has lots of guidance and tips on applying for jobs; including how to write a CV and tips if you have a remote interview.

It also has information about the extra support available for people with a disability or a health condition.

Skills Launchpad is the skills and employment hub for the Heart of the South West for people looking for a job, a career change, young people and their parents/carers, schools looking for careers advice and employers. It has lots of local information about skills, careers, training and jobs in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

CSW Group supports young people with an EHCP from academic year 9 if they are likely to make a transition to a different post-16 provider in year 11.

Personal advisors work with all young people with EHCPs to support their transition into post-16. They help 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 and making a transition to a different education provider.

They also support young people with an EHCP if they are not in education, employment or training.

Supported employment

Supported employment offers high quality, personalised support for people with disabilities and/or disadvantages which enables them to find, access and stay in employment.

There are more employment support resources detailed below.

Support to get and keep a job

  • Work and Health Programme helps you find and keep a job if you’re out of work.
  • Access to Work provides support and could include money, known as a grant, which you don’t have to pay back. It helps people who have a disability or long-term health condition to do their job. Access to Work guides in easy read format explain what Access to Work is and how you can apply for it. Access to Work factsheets are also available on the government website.
  • Reasonable adjustments – these are things that can help you with your work. The Be Ready Hub includes examples of reasonable adjustments. It’s important you talk to your employers about reasonable adjustments.
  • Devon’s ‘Be Ready’ Employer Hub helps employers to understand the needs of people with different abilities and how to support them in the workplace. If you start work and your employer is finding it difficult to know what additional support to put in place to help you do your job, the Be Ready Hub can help.
  • There is also the option to be self-employed. The Heart of the South West Growth Hub contains information about starting your business and growing it. Further information is also available on GOV.UK at Working for yourself.
  • The Equality Act 2010 is a law that exists to protect disabled people from discrimination when they use services or are in education or employment.

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