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 whey 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.
They also support young people with an EHCP if they are not in education, employment or training.
Support to get and keep your job
- 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.
- 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. Easy Read Access to Work guides explains what Access to Work is and how you can apply for it. Access to Work factsheets are also available on the government website.
- 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.
Other useful information
- The Disability Confident Award is a government scheme which supports employers and their employees, helping them to support and employ people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.
- Preparing for Adulthood’s guide about routes into work is useful and provides information about options for young people with SEND to help them move into paid employment.
- Preparing for Adulthood also offers useful information about the Access to Work Fund.
- The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) has also made an Access to Work easy read fact sheet.
- National Careers Service can help you with your career, learning and training choices.