Supported internships are a structured study programme placed with an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace. Find our local Supported Internship programmes in our courses section on this website.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
On an apprenticeship, you are employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification - usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre.

Inclusive Apprenticeships allow the Apprentice to use an Entry Level 3 qualification in English or Maths as a lower entry route. A Traineeship is an education and training programme which incorporates work experience, they are designed for people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience. Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, Maths and work experience needed to secure an Apprenticeship or employment.

Below are some local providers that offer Apprenticeships and Traineeships – local colleges will also offer these.

College and Sixth Form
Depending on if you will sit GCSEs or not you could go to sixth form, each sixth form has itsown entry requirements but most ask for grades 4 or 5 and above in mainstream schools. Many special schools also have their own sixth forms.

You can also go to college and again, depending on what level you are at, you have the option to study at different levels and courses. This could include supported learning/foundation courses, entry levels courses and other courses ranging from level 1 to 3. Check out the individual colleges and sixth forms websites to find out more details. Below are some Colleges that offer foundation courses and supported learning courses for those pupils educated in special schools - they also offer courses starting from entry level and level 1 upwards.

Specialist Colleges
There are also ‘Specialist Colleges’ - this option is generally only available if you are not able to access your local college courses. You can agree the funding with your local authority SEN team and you would need to show that you have considered your local colleges courses. Information about specialist colleges can be found on The NATSPEC website – generally these colleges are further away from East Sussex.

Local Offer
The SEND local offer (Disability & Special Education Needs) offers information all in oneplace. The local offer helps children, young people and their parents to understand what services and support they can expect from a range of local agencies - including their statutory entitlements.

Support Services

Youth Employability Service
YES is a free service which offers support and guidance to young people in the East Sussex area. 

Even Break
UK’s most accessible job board.

Have lots of great fact sheets to help you prepare for adulthood.

Preparing for Adulthood
The Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) is delivered by the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi).The programme is funded by the Department for Education as part ofthe Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium.

Strive to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families now, and fight alongside them for a better future. Mencap team up with our network of over 300 local groups to reach people across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

BASE is a national charity that promotes the principles and delivery of high quality Supported Employment services. Their brief is to represent, inform and encourage best practice.