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Female client consulting with a agent in the officeFinding a job – support for those with SEND

Applying for a job is an exciting time. It gives you independence, allows you to earn your own money and meet new people.

There are people who can help you to prepare for this big step.

The government’s job help website has lots of guidance and tips on applying for jobs, including how to write a CV and prepare for interviews.

You can also visit the Careers and Employability hub on the ground floor of the Civic Offices in Portsmouth or speak to your careers advisors at school or college.

Mencap have produced an easy read guide to help you find a job.


Click on the image to read the guide.






The organisations in the drop down menu below can also help:

Support to find a job

The Job Centre

If you visit a local job centre in Portsmouth, they will have someone who can tell you about the different employers in the city.

There are people who have been trained to work with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

You can ask to see a special Work Assessor who can do a work assessment and help you decide what you are good at and the type of work you might like to do.

Access to work coach

If you go to a job centre plus you can ask for a work coach to help. You must have a health condition or disability that affects your ability to work. The coaches are trained to help you get more skills and to help find a job. They can support you with confidence and preparing for interviews too.

Job Centre Plus in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Jobcentre Plus
Old Canal House
27 Arundel Street
United Kingdom

Telephone: 0845 604 3719

Access to work scheme

The Access to Work scheme gives grants to help disabled people or those with a health condition to start working or stay in work. You can find out more about these and whether you would be eligible in this easy read guide for Access to Work. Alternatively you can use the video below.


Solent Mind Employment Support Sevice

Solent Mind offers personalised information, advice and guidance to people with a mental health issue who are not working or are struggling at work. The service helps people:

Find employment, training or volunteer opportunities

Prepare for interviews

Resolve workplace disputes and discuss adjustments

Understand your employment rights and responsibilities


Visit the Solent Mind website to find out if you are eligible for support.

Intensive Personalised Employment Support

Intensive Personalised Employment Support is one-to-one support and training to help you into work if you have a disability.

To apply you must:

have a disability that affects the work you can do

be unemployed

be between school leaving age and State Pension age

What you’ll get

You’ll get a dedicated support worker to help you:

identify what work you’re able to do

match your skills to work that’s available

get training to help you find work

build a personal support network

manage work around your specific disability

support you during your first 6 months of work

Find out more on their website

Setting up your own business

Working for yourself can be rewarding and there is support available to help young people with SEND to set up their own business.

The disability charity Scope UK have advice and guidance on their website for starting a business, including:

Researching your idea

Writing a business plan

Setting up your business

Grants and financial support

The Prince’s Trust helps young people aged 18 to 30 who live in the UK to start their own business. Their free business support includes training and mentoring support, funding, and resources.

Visit the website to find out more about the steps you must take to set up a business, such as registering your business and checking if you need insurance.

For information about the financial support available to help fund your business, visit the Disability Grants website.

Work and your rights if you have a disability

Everyone has the right to feel safe and be treated equally in work. When you go for a job interview, the person interviewing cannot ask you about your disability before offering you the job,  unless it is for a few specific reasons – such as making an adjustment for the interview or job.

An easy read guide on being treated fairly in work.





If you are not treated fairly in work you can contact the Equality Advisory Support Service .

SCOPE have some helpful information on their website for you to look at. Discrimination at work | Disability charity Scope UK

You may also be able to take a complaint to an employment tribunal – you have to do this within 3 months of the discrimination happening.

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