Getting a job

If you are aged between 16 - 24 with SEND, our Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Careers Team can help you get ready for work. They are Careers Advisers who specialise in working with young people aged 13 - 25 years with SEND and provide information, advice, guidance and support to young people and their parents/carers to plan for the future. Our preparing young people for adulthood leaflet (PDF) provides more information. 

Young people in Enfield have made a film which shows the range of different opportunities that are available to help young people with SEND into employment.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to get some experience in the work place, and will look good on your CV when you start to apply for valued worker roles. If you are looking for volunteering opportunities, the Do-it organisation can help.

Work experience

Your school can help you find work experience opportunities, trying out an area of interest, finding out what it’s like to work and getting a reference for your CV.

Traineeships

Traineeships are courses with work experience that get you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to six months. You’ll get a work experience placement and help with English and Maths. You won’t be paid, but may be given expenses for travel and meals.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine practical, on the job training with study, whilst earning a wage.

  • If you would like to work in restaurants, hotels or other food and service businesses, the Camden Society, a London based social enterprise café, can give you all the training, qualifications and experience you need to get a job. There are other social enterprise cafes across London
  • National Apprenticeship Service supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England
  • First Rung can help you to find an apprenticeship

We offer apprenticeships for young people with an EHCP. We guarantee an interview to all applicants with a disability if they meet the essential criteria for a job. For more information, see our vacancies.

Supported internships are study programmes for young people aged 16 to 25 years who are able to work but need extra support to do so. 

West Lea School are working with us to provide a supported internship programme.

Interns must have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and be committed to work.

You will be assigned a job coach who will help you find the right job and support you during your internship. If you’re unable to travel on your own to the work placement, you will be given independent travel training.

You will be working four days a week in your job and one day with a tutor learning work place skills.

Internships last from six months to one year. You won’t be paid, but could be offered a paid job at the end.

To find out more, see our supported internships leaflet (PDF). If you're interested in applying, complete the supported internship expression of interest form (PDF).

You may also be able to access a supported internship at one of our local colleges.

Vocational training

Vocational training helps you gain skills required for a particular job.

Organisations Vocational programmes
Radiomarathon

offers young people aged 18 years and over opportunity to participate in the AQA award scheme as a stepping stone into volunteering and employment. They offer a selection of over 100 specialised units across key services including:

  • horticulture
  • catering
  • drama
  • arts and crafts
  • animal care
  • football coaching
  • office administration
Harrington Scheme The Harrington Scheme provides a unique opportunity for young adults with learning disabilities and/or difficulties, delivering individual learning programmes designed to help them into employment, further education or a more rewarding life.                                                                                            
Harrington Gardeners Harrington Gardeners is a subsidiary of the Harrington Scheme. Assistant gardeners, who are usually former trainees, are offered paid employment with the garden maintenance company and the chance to develop their gardening skills.
Steps into Work is a one-year programme offering a great opportunity to study for a BTEC Level 1 work skills qualification, gaining real life work experience in three unpaid places at Transport for London.  The programme is fully supported with job coaching provided by Remploy and Barnet Southgate College delivering daily tutorials.
Café 311

Café 311 is based in Community House, Edmonton, N9 and provides sheltered training in catering including:

  • food preparation
  • barista work
  • food service
  • till work
  • table clearing

  • Equals can help you decide if you want a job, what sort of job you want to do and assist you on your path to work. They'll help with finding vocational training, looking and applying for jobs, interviews, and supporting you and employers once you have a job. To find out more, email the team or contact them on 020 8379 5039 (textphone: 020 8379 3100)
  • Universal Jobmatch lets you search and apply for full or part-time jobs
  • Your local Job Centre can support you to look for work or gain new skills and tell you about disability friendly employers in your area. They can refer you to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate or carry out an employment assessment, asking you about your skills and experience and what kind of roles you’re interested in
  • Inspiring Families can help you to find a job, with writing your CV and offer support with interviews. They can provide you with a personal adviser while you’re looking for work and after you have found work. For more information or to find out if you’re eligible, contact 020 8379 2525
  • Whizz-Kidz offer wheelchair users aged 14 to 25 years the chance to learn new skills and gain useful contacts, through work placements, internships and work skills days

Paid employment

Future Clean, located in Palace Gardens, Sarnesfield Road, is a social enterprise, eco-hand car wash and valeting service. They provide training and employment opportunities for local, disabled people. For more information contact Cliff O’Garro on 07860 924111

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