On this page you will find information on:
“What are my options for work and training?“
If you have a disability you still have the same choices as everyone else, but there is additional support available.
Take a look through our ‘Your Future’ section for general advice and information – from finding a traineeship or an apprenticeship to gaining work experience, getting a job – it’s all there.
You can also find information and guidance on finding work and training on the following websites:
- WorkReady toolkit – resources from Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership (suffolkordinarylives.co.uk)
- GOV.UK – find out about your local Disability Employment Adviser, training, adjustments to help you stay in work, and funding towards higher education.
- Suffolk Local Offer – local information on education, training, apprenticeship, employment opportunities and more!
- National Careers Service – loads of great information, young people can also contact an adviser via text, phone and email.
- Icanbea… – Provides an up to date list of Disability Confident employers and organisations.
- Apprenticeships Suffolk – Support to find an Inclusive Apprenticeship (also read more in ‘Your Future – Apprenticeships’ page).
Do you need support to be in work? Access to work is a grant to help pay for practical support with your work or support with managing your mental health at work.
- Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: Eligibility – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The following organisations can support you to find work or training: Mencap Employment Services - Service offering young people with SEND 16-24 support, work opportunities and training before and during employment or placement. Realisefutures.org - help with work experience. Scope.org.uk - advice and support to develop your skills. Papworthtrust.org.uk - help and information on finding work and gaining employability skills.
How do I get into volunteering?
Volunteering is when you offer to ‘help’ somewhere, this could include cafes, shops, charities and many more places.
Volunteering is a really good way to:
- get some work experience,
- learn new skills,
- meet new people and
- try out different work places
There are lots of ways to find volunteering placements. You could
- Look out for posters in local shops
- Check on an organisations website if they take volunteers
- Search for options near you on Volunteer Suffolk. Watch the how to video to get you started.
- Read more about volunteering on our volunteering page.
Page updated on September 19th, 2023 at 12:00pm