There are many organisations and training providers across East Sussex that support positive employment pathways for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Find out more in the mapping document (last updated September 2020).
If you are leaving college and need more support than on a Traineeship or Apprenticeship, a Supported Employment programme or Supported Internship might be right for you.
You can contact the providers yourself, or contact Amaze's Looking Forward career programme first.
There are lots of ways to get advice and support. If you are not sure which one to choose, contact AMAZE SENDIASS
Your school or college should help you make a plan from year 9 onwards.
They can help you think about:
- what job you want
- the qualifications you need
- education, training and work options
You can also get careers advice from:
- i-Rock drop ins - if you are 14 to 25
- Youth Employability Service (YES) - if you are 16 to 19 (up to 25 if you have an EHCP)
- Looking Forward career support programme (AMAZE) - if you are 14 to 25 with special needs or a disability
- The Transition Service - if you are 16 to 25 and will receive Adult Social Care when you are 18
- Careers websites
- Contact Amaze SENDIASS if you are under 25 and have special needs or a disability. You can get advice with your parent, or on your own.
- Speak Out advocacy- someone to help you speak up if you are under 18 and use County Council services
- POhWER advocacy- someone to help you speak up if you are 7 to 19 years old and are looked after by the Local Authority
The iCan campaign has been developed to support 12-25-year olds who have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), and their parent carers & supporters, to develop confidence as they progress through education and into employment and enable them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood.
The iCan 2022 event will be taking place in-person at Towner Gallery in Eastbourne on Thursday 30th June 2022. The iCan event has been developed to support young people in Year 9 upwards, and their parents, carers and supporters, who have barriers to accessing mainstream careers events, such as students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), social, emotional or mental health issues, or other barriers. The event is designed to help young people develop confidence as they progress through education and into employment and enable them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood.
The East Sussex SEND Community of Practice has designed two Vocational Profiles that are unique to East Sussex. Vocational Profiles can be used in both Secondary and Post-16 settings to enable students to identify and develop their skills and capabilities, and to communicate them to others.