Preparing for adulthood
For young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), planning for adulthood begins in Year 9 (the school year in which a child has their 14th birthday), and in some cases will continue until their 25th birthday. We often call this phase in life 'transition' or a 'transition to adulthood'.
This phase of “preparing for adulthood” is when professionals will consult with you and your son or daughter to consider if they may need specialist support during transition and into adulthood.
Parents have asked for a comprehensive guide to transitions and we have worked with Family Voice to produce the Transition to Adulthood - A Parents Guide.
Local support groups can be found by using the search term 'COVID-19' in the search box at the top of the page.
Employment is a very important part of life. When people have a job, they feel part of society, they have a purpose, make new friends plus have money in their pockets to buy the things they want!
Many people think that people with learning disabilities can’t work and have low expectations about what they are able to achieve. This is wrong.
We need to change how people think so that many more people with learning disabilities get a job, and we need to make sure people with learning disabilities understand they will be better off with work.
People with learning disabilities should have the same rights and opportunities as everybody else. You can read the Preparing for Adulthood - Better off in Work guide here.
Day Opportunities is Peterborough’s largest local day support specialist provider and experienced social care provider, supporting young people and adults over the age of 18 with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs to live the fullest life possible. Their centre for Complex Needs and four hubs are located throughout Peterborough. They offer skills development, supporting work opportunities and maintain health and wellbeing. Being part of City College, they have access to skills funding for the people they support and parent/carers.
We want to support people with disabilities to find work and to lead independent lives
City College Peterborough
City College Peterborough Day Opportunities Service provides a range of supported employment services and enterprises run in partnership with adults with disabilities.
The College Employment Team provides support to gain sustainable work and volunteer placements through their team of experienced advisers, job coaches and support staff. They help people with learning and physical disabilities, sensory impairment, mental health conditions, autism and long term health conditions. The pdf below 'Employment Hub' provides more information.
You can also find out more information on the Local offer pages here Peterborough City College Day Opportunities page.
City College Peterborough’s Digital CV Team provides a unique way for individuals to showcase the skills they possess to potential employers and for voluntary placements. Through the collation of audio and pictures, along with key information about their background, individuals see and discover their skill set through the production of a tailor made Digital Video CV.
A bespoke written CV is also provided, with an embedded hyperlink going straight to their video. They support individuals with any barrier to employment, including learning and physical disabilities, mental health, impairments and anxiety/confidence issues. For more information please contact:
Andy Jones 01733 797717 firstname.lastname@example.org
Talentino - Career Coaching
Talentino offer free mentoring to young people with special needs under the age of 25 years old. It’s a mentoring program of 6 1hr sessions covering things like what is a job, why it is good to have a job and similar topics. The mentoring groups can be in schools, groups, communities, churches and similar, it just needs to be a group of up to 10 people that have special needs and are aged under 25 years old.
This mentoring program is fully funded so there is no charge to the venue or attendees,
Talentino have a group of mentors DBS checked and trained ready to go, but nowhere to go to. So if you are or know of any groups that would benefit please email Hazell Cottrell
Telephone 0800 298 0178
Mencap - 'The Right Place' - work placements for SEND learners
A key part of the journey to employment is to provide valuable learning opportunities for young people with a learning disability whilst they are in education. Mencap have been funded by the Department of Education to broker work experience placements for schools and colleges working with learners with SEND.
They engage with employers who are willing to provide short and long term unpaid work placements for learners with SEND.
They believe that getting real workplace experience whilst still in education, can make a big difference to the ambitions, confidence and skills of young people with a learning disability and their future job prospects.
You can find more detailed information on their website
They also produce 2 very useful documents which you can view by clicking on the links below.
The contact for Peterborough is:
Georgette Louis - Employer Engagement Officer, East of England
Mobile:- 07970 378678
Routes Into Work Guide
This guide provides information about options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them move into paid employment.
This guide covers the following topics:
- What is this guide about?
- What things mean in this document...
- Study programmes
- Supported internships
- Access to Work
The guide is also available as a download in the column on the left under the heading 'Useful documents'
A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.
You can apply if you’re:
- eligible to work in England
- unemployed and have little or no work experience
- aged 16 to 24 and qualified below Level 3
Mencap’s Traineeship Programme
Mencap’s Traineeship Programme supports young people with a learning disability or autism, aged 19 – 24, to develop the skills and experience needed to find a job. This could be paid work or an apprenticeship.
View their leaflet Mencap’s Traineeship Programme:trainee’s guide which is published on their website.
You need to:
- be aged 19 to 24 (but you don’t need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan)
- have no qualifications above level 3
- have a learning disability, learning difficulty or autism
- want to find a job or move onto an apprenticeship.
This programme is available in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.
They have plans to start programmes in Summer 2021 in:
(view more details on their website page What is a traineeship?
How do I take part?
If you are interested in this programme, please fill in this online form and we will contact you when we have an opportunity to offer.
Or you can contact Hiba Momen by emailing email@example.com.
Supported Internships can help disabled young people to get a job. They are a type of Study Programme. What makes them different is that most of the learning is done at work and some in college. This means young people can 'learn on the job'.
You can find lots of useful information on the Preparing for Aduthood website.
City College Peterborough (CCP) and Peterborough Regional College have set up a Supported Internship programme to help young people with additional needs get into work. This programme gives 16-24 year olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan the opportunity to complete long-term work experience whilst accessing any relevant courses at college. A Job coach will be assigned and support the student and employer throughout their placement.
Both colleges currently work with a number business around Peterborough, although they are always looking for new partnerships with local businesses. They recognise that there are many benefits to hosting a Supported Internship, including access to specialist job-matching services, Disability Awareness training, improving image and external reputations and many others.
If you would like further information, please contact:
Finding your future - A campaign by the National SEND Employment Forum
You can view a video as part of the National Send Employment forum campaign -
The video features Rachel Morris who gives tips on how to stay on track with your employment goals
Apprenticeships are where you work and learn at the same time.
As an apprentice you will work with experienced staff. You will learn new skills. You will earn money. You will get time to study
Into Apprenticeships - A Guide For Disabled People
Produced by Disability Rights UK 'Into Apprenticeships' is a guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England. It deals with common questions such as how to find an apprenticeship, whether the training will be accessible and what support is available in the workplace.
How do Apprenticeships support young people with SEN?
Special Needs Jungle is a parent-led information, resources and informed opinion website for children and young people aged 0 to 25. This page has specific information about how apprenticeships support young people with SEN.
Peterborough Regional College offer Apprenticeships.
City College Peterborough offer Apprenticeships.
Stamford College offer Apprenticeships.
These tips have been sourced from a blog by HHannah Louise. The Blog is on the Council for Disabled Children website.
"Hi, my name is Hannah Louise! I am 18 years old and have just completed (very successfully) my A-levels. In September I started my university course; I am studying to become a primary school teacher in Sheffield and loving it!"
My top five tips for people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) when starting uni!
1.) When applying to university make sure you go as many open days as you need! It will help you to understand course in more depth and can allow you to evaluate if you believe that this is the course for you. More information prevents anxiety.
2.) Make sure that you apply for Disabled student support. It is really helpful and allows for all reasonable adjustments to be considered and may be accepted. It has helped me mounds and mounds. It is one of the most important of my tips.
3.) Make sure that the university is accessible for you and that you will be able to travel around the university, visit as much as you can and try to find the less busy routes to places where you need to go, this allows you to travel quicker without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed.
4.) Make sure if you’re travelling:
- You do travel training to make sure that you know when the quieter trains are and how to get to and from uni.
- You apply for a disabled students railcard or bus pass to save your money and thus are able to fund other needs.
- Have strategies in place when things don’t go to plan to avoid stress and anxiety.
5.) Have fun, work hard and be better than you could ever think. Remember to put effort in and also have fun, try to socialise as much as you can and prove people you are better than they ever imagined. Why prove you’re the same when you can improve and be a better person?
Your disability does not define you, there is ability on disabled people we just need a little support. YOU ARE CAPABLE OF AMAZING THINGS. Keep on going and you will do great!
The CP Learning Trust is a not for profit charitable organisation, founded in 2003 from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Learning Partnerships.
They have a strong history of working with communities deemed most disadvantaged and supporting individuals and families who appear to have benefited least from learning.
By providing innovative, step-by-step opportunities in local settings, they provide adults with a ‘second chance’ at learning, encouraging individuals to reach their potential at their own pace.
They work closely with local volunteers and partners to provide a joined up and supportive environment for our learners.
CP Learning Trust has successfully supported more than 40,000 adults to grow in confidence, gain skills and qualifications, and to move into volunteering and/or paid work.
They have several projects in Peterborough and if you are interested you can contact them through their website
telephone - 01354 696479
email text firstname.lastname@example.org
You will also be able to find more specific information about what is available in Peterboroughin this leaflet
The SEND Employment Forum have produced 8 videos that are designed to help you decide about your future plans.