Section 1 – What’s Your Next Move After School?

Pupils in SEND Group 1 are classified as students with communication, interaction or cognitive and learning difficulties who are less likely to take GCSE’s or Level 2 qualifications that employer recognise. These pupils will more than likely be educated at Special Schools.

After school or college, you have a number of choices or options. You could undertake an inclusive apprenticeship for example which is a real job with training and a salary. Please click the link below to find out more about this pathway.

Inclusive apprenticeships | British Association for Supported Employment

You could also start a Supported Internship which is a structured study programme based predominantly with an employer. Please click the link below to find out more about this pathway.

Supported interships guidance for learners 8th April 2014

Traineeships could also be a route for you – these are a work-focused study programme that prepares you for an apprenticeship or work. Please click the link below to find out more about this pathway.

What is a Traineeship? – School Leavers Options | All About School Leavers

Supported Enterprise, Supported Employment or Supported Volunteering is also another route you could take after you leave school or college. This could mean setting up your own business as either a freelance service, a sole trader or a registered company or you could work with a supported employment charity or The Department for Work and Pensions to support you into work. Use the following links for more information.

About Supported Employment | British Association for Supported Employment

Wolverhampton Services – Enable Supported Employment Services

Landau | Supported Employment & Education Charity | Helping You To Get Into Work or Training

Finally, a foundation course at a college could be for you. Many of our colleges across The Black Country offer supported learning and foundation courses. Use the following links for more information.

Dudley College of Technology

Halesowen College

Sandwell College – A Careers College

Walsall College

City of Wolverhampton College

Pupil in SEND Group 2 are classified as students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, behaviour, sensory or physical needs who may be more likely to take GCSE or Level 2 qualifications that employers recognise. These pupils will more than likely be educated at pupil referral units, social, emotional and mental health schools or mainstream schools.

After school or college, you have a number of choices or options including Apprenticeships which are a real job with training & a salary. Please click the link below to find out more about this pathway.

Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK

You could also move on to further education to study A levels, vocational qualifications and study these at either a college or a sixth form. A Levels are an academic qualification similar in style to GCSEs that prepares you for further study. Whereas vocational qualifications are work-related qualifications which are available in a wide range of career areas. You can also check out your school sixth form or look at other local sixth forms. You could also study at a local college. Please click the links below to find out more about different colleges in our area.

Dudley College of Technology

Halesowen College

Sandwell College – A Careers College

Walsall College

City of Wolverhampton College

You can also go on to study T-Levels which are a technical study programme similar to 3 A levels, with an industry placement which takes up 20% of the course. These are designed to give you the skills that employers need. Please click the links below to find out more about colleges that offer T-Levels in The Black Country.

T Levels | The Next Level Qualification

T Levels | Walsall College

T Levels Courses – Sandwell College

Halesowen College

Entrepreneurship or Paid Employment may sound appealing to you. This would mean either setting up your own business as either a freelance service, a sole trader or a registered company or gaining a job.  Please click the links below to find out more about this pathway.

Set up a business – GOV.UK

Support for starting a business | The Prince’s Trust

Job Search | Indeed

Find a job – GOV.UK

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