Preparing for Adulthood: Getting a Job
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There are now lots of opportunities to move from education to work. For many young people work experience or a Saturday job is an option. Try to think of what you enjoy doing and see if there are any opportunities through school, colleges or through people you know. Taking first steps early enough can really help you to find out what sort of things interest you and what work is like.
Your Prospects advisor (http://prospects.co.uk/ContactUs/CorporateHeadOffice/ProspectsinGreenwich.aspx ) or Disability Employment Adviser (http://www.jobcentreguide.co.uk/jobcentre-plus-guide/34/disability-employment-advisors) at the Job Centre Plus will help you look for the right sort of employment to suit you. We will be developing the Local Offer to include more services in Greenwich that will help you look for work so keep an eye on this page for updates!
Getting a job
- can help you to meet people
- means you earn your own money
- can be enjoyable
- some people want to be a member of a team they like
- some people just want to contribute
With supported employment you will have support from a job coach who helps you learn the skills for a job. It also offers you the time in order to learn how to do the job you would like to do. You can find out more about Supported Employment from a Disability Employment Adviser and on the links below:
Training and Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships allow young people to earn whilst they learn and study for nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn while they work by doing a real job in a real workplace. You could also gain a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).
The Camden Society offers a number of apprenticeships:
Traineeships provide young people with training to prepare them for their future career by helping them to become ‘work ready’, by giving them the skills and experience that employers are looking for. They include work preparation training, a high quality work experience placement and English and Maths for those who need it.
Traineeships are for young people aged 16 to 24 and are unpaid
You can find out more about tranieeships here:
The Camden Society in Greenwich offers a variety of training programmes:
Supported internships are for young people with complex needs aged 16 to 24 with a statement of Special Education Needs, a Learning Disability Assessment or an Education Health and Care plan who want to move into employment and require extra support to do so.
Supported internships include on-the-job training with expert job coaches responsible for supporting both interns and their employers. These internships are unpaid and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.
Young people also complete a personalised study programme, with the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications.
You can find out more information on supported internships below:
Many young people like to volunteer and local opportunities can be found here: http://www.vcgreenwich.org.uk/.
Being a volunteer means giving you time to help other people. If you are a volunteer you will not get paid. This means you will be able to keep your benefits.
People volunteer for lots of different reasons. You might volunteer to:
- Make new friends
- Do something you haven’t done before
- Increase your confidence
- Help you be part of the community where you live
- Learn a new skill so you can get a job
If you would like to get a job after you volunteer, it’s important to find out how the people you volunteer with can help you.
Starting your own Business or Social Enterprise
If you don't want to work for someone else you could start your own business. Having your own business or company is known as being self-employed. You must do all or most of the work yourself. You must decide what to do and how to do it.
There is support in Greenwich for setting up your own business or enterprise. You can find out more information here:
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities also give information about being self-employed. You access this information here:
There are also other programmes available to help you get a job or keep a job if you are a disabled person and are finding it difficult. These include Work Choice and Residential Training.
- Work Choice - https://www.gov.uk/work-choice/overview
- Residential Training - https://www.gov.uk/residential-training/overview
An Access to Work grant helps pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition so you can start working, stay in work or start your own business. How much you can get depends on your circumstances. The money does not have to be paid back and does not affect your benefits
For more information on Access to work, see:
People with visual impairment may be entitled to Blind Person’s Allowance. This is an extra amount of tax free allowance that means you can earn more before you start paying Income Tax.
For more information on Blind Person’s Allowance, go to: