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What next? Education and employment opportunities post 16

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Preparing for Adulthood should include planning for any future education, training and employment. The law says that all young people must be in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. This can be:

    Full time education
    Work-based learning including apprenticeship
    Spending 20 hours or more volunteering or working while in part-time education

Young people with SEND can progress to post 16 education at 16, or for some young people it may be more appropriate to progress after the completion of their school 6th form. The planning can start in year 9 – it is never too early to start looking at what to do next. Allowing plenty of time to prepare at each stage will make the move much smoother.

In this section you will find all the information for post 16 options.

The front cover of the What Next? Guide. Education and employment opportunities post -16

You may also want to use the What Next? Education and Employment Opportunities Guide which details all the places of study, courses and options available to young people with SEND in Portsmouth. It tells you about the  application process and about routes into work.

Young people can now complete a vocational profile to help inform potential empDocumentationloyers about who they are, their likes, needs and how they work best. This is a working document so can be changed with the person as their experiences and needs change.

Please view the vocational profile.

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Post-16 education settings

Information on the different options for post-16 education in and around Portsmouth

Post-16 Education Settings
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Going to university and higher education

Information on support for young people with SEND who are moving into Higher education and studying degree level courses

University and Higher Education
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Finding a job - support for those with SEND

Information and guidance to help young people with SEND find paid employment

Finding a Job
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Supported internships and apprenticeships

Information on post-16 study to prepare young people with SEND for work

Supported Internships and Apprenticeships

Specialist post-16 provision

Information on post-16 settings for children with complex needs

Special Post-16 provision
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Careers advice and support

How to access careers advice and support for young people with SEND

Careers advice and support

Volunteering and Work Experience

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Volunteering and work experience can be excellent first steps into employment for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. It can give a real taste of the world of work and allow them to trial particular roles before committing to a paid job.

It can also be a really good way of gaining valuable work based skills whilst completing education or studying. You can find out more about work based study on our internships and apprenticeships page.

Local opportunities for volunteering include Inter Active  which is run by Enable Ability.  Inter Active is a Social Enterprise in Portsmouth based at the Landport Community Centre in the heart of the city. It offers FREE work experience programmes for young people with a mild to moderate learning or physical disability or additional need. It is designed to help them find  meaningful employment at the end of their respective programme, including up to three months support in the workplace.

Other volunteering opportunities in Portsmouth can be found through The Hive.

Specialist support for young people with a vision or hearing impairment

Portsmouth's Vision and Hearing Team

The Vision and Hearing Team in Portsmouth can provide links to specialist teachers who offer support, advice and guidance for children and young people in education settings in Portsmouth. You can find out more on their service page or you can contact them via


Links to support young people with a vision impairment

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