Employment is a very important part of life. When people have a job, they feel part of society, they have a purpose, make new friends plus have money in their pockets to buy the things they want!

Many people think that people with SEND can’t work and have low expectations about what they are able to achieve. This is wrong.

This guide provides information about options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them move into paid employment.

Disability Rights UK have developed a guide for people with newly acquired disabilities or health conditions.

Into Apprenticeships is a guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England. It deals with common questions such a how to find an apprenticeship, whether the training will be accessible and what support is available in the workplace.

Supported Internships provide on-site practical work training, for young adults with special educational needs to gain work skills, leading to competitive paid employment. They are designed to develop transferable skills, knowledge and attitudes in readiness for paid employment. Students can develop Employability, Customer Service, Confidence, Maths, English and ICT whilst working alongside employees in a real employment setting. The classroom based learning at the workplace enables young people to try out three different work roles, supported by the tutor and the job coach.Contact our Barnet Employment Education and Training Support Service by emailing sharon.glover@barnet.gov.uk for more information on the opportunities available to you.

Mencap is a learning disability charity working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their work covers all aspects of people’s lives including education and employment.

As part of Mencap’s aim to see as many people with a learning disability in paid work, they have developed a range of employment programmes as shown on the attached flowchart. For the past 12 months, Mencap has been delivering a Supported Internship programme in Barnet. They are really keen to develop more referrals for September 2020 to ensure that the programme is accessed by those that would benefit most from the support on offer.

To be eligible, candidates need to be:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Have a current EHCP
  • Be available to complete a full time study programme
  • Want to work
  • Able to travel independently by the end of the programme (Mencap provide travel training)
  • Able to work after 12 months on the programme

For more information about the programme visit here. You can also see Patrick’s story here
To find out more about how you can work with Mencap or to refer people to the programme, please contact: ruth.collins@mencap.org.uk, or on 07903 643509


Further Information

Information on all the Supported Internships available to Barnet Residents is available here: