Education, Employment and Training Pathway

If you are a parent-carer or a young person (aged 14+) with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, please see below for information regarding preparing for your future after secondary school: 

Planning for your young person’s future into adulthood will start in the year 9 reviews. 

Thinking about employment from year 9 may seem too early but by planning earlier we hope to make the process less stressful and more manageable. 

Most young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities want to be employed as adults. We want to support you and your young person to work towards their goals. 

In year 10 your young person may be thinking about work-experience, we want to help to ensure that work placements are relevant and match your young person’s aspirations, interests and skills. To understand these fully we may suggest a vocational profile (see documents). The profile will help start discussions around employment and helps to understand their training needs, preferences for work setting and job roles. 

The information from the profile can be used to support career planning, work experience, Saturday jobs, holiday jobs and volunteering opportunities.

The profile will also give a clear picture of the likely support your young person needs to secure and maintain employment as an adult and what needs to happen whilst they are at school. Any actions required can be included in their Education Health and Care plan from year nine onwards. 

Helping your young person to make a decision about where they want to go after school is really important. We suggest that you visit colleges and post 16 providers to get an idea what is available as soon as possible.



What options are available post 16?

Continuing Education at a Local Further Education College

Supported Employment including Traineeships and Internships 


Self Employment

Community Day Services

Employment with training


Achieve in B&NES provides a job and course search service for anybody wishing to enter the workplace or progress their career. There are several free and funded courses from local providers on offer.


Project Search is a supported internship programme to help young people with learning difficulties or disabilities secure and keep paid permanent jobs. 


Your Pathways - helping you choose the best route for your education or career. 

Your Future Flyer - October 2020 - opportunities for training and employment


Independent Specialist Providers (ISP’s) Specialist Colleges (please note B&NES operates a local first policy. ISP’s will only be considered if local providers cannot meet your young person’s needs)

Information about services for people aged 18 and over with Learning Disabilities offered by Virgin Care:


Information, Advice and Support 

If you require further advice please visit our information, advice and support section.