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As you get older and become an adult you might want to continue your education, start an apprenticeship or look for a job. There are a range of different options available for people to think about and this page describes them.

Post 16 Education

All schools and colleges have a duty to publish their own local offer which describes what they offer for children and young people with SEND. The links below will take you to the local college local offers for post 16 education.


An apprenticeship is where you combine work based experience with training. They are for anybody aged 16 or over and you can gain a qualification and earn money at the same time.

As an apprentice you can benefit from job training, working alongside experience staff, gaining skills & experience and support from a mentor.

Supported Internship

A supported internship enables young people with an EHC Plan to combine a work placement with a work skills programme at college along with working on Maths and English skills. 

The internship programme supports young people aged 16 – 24 to develop the skills they need for work by learning in the workplace.

Finding a Job or Volunteering

Having a job or volunteering can make a real difference to your life. It can help you become more independent, build confidence, gain work experience and start new friendships.

Some people need extra support to get a job. The Council’s Employment Support Team offer help advice and support to people who are disabled or disadvantaged to find work or training.

This can include helping people to realise what skills and abilities they already have, finding training courses, talking to employers, helping to fill in application forms and working beside people at the start of a job to help them learn and settle in.

The Solent Traineeship Engagement and Participation (STEP) project works with 16-24 year olds who are not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). They can offer 1:1 support to young people to identify their next positive activity such as training, apprenticeships, paid employment and volunteering.  STEP supports clients using impartial Information, Advice and Guidance and can support clients to make an informed decision in their next step forward.

To find out more information about the STEP project or to make a referral please email: or call 023 80 917868

You can find out more about the Employment Support Team and eligibility on the designated pages. 

You can find out more about volunteering opportunities in that section.

Developing your Life Skills

The council has developed a life skills team which can support individuals with a learning disability who live in Southampton to increase their independence in the community.

The team can provide 1:1 support over an agreed period to support people to increase their life skills including moving towards employment, training and volunteering.

The eligibility criteria for the team is that people are aged over 16 years, live in Southampton and known to the adult social care learning disability team.

Download our Life Skills leaflet for further information.

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