Pathways to work
Last Updated: 12th November 2020
In the picture below, it shows the 4 different strands in the life of a young person preparing for adulthood. This page deals with preparing to work and options after school or college.
Explanation of all the routes: Learning, Training and Work Pathway (PDF)
Education, Training, Employment and Advice
Information, Advice and Support
Resources For Employers
- Further Education Providers
- Too Much Information in the workplace: Job interviews video from the National Autistic Society
- Employing disabled people and people with health conditions This guidance provides a summary of information for employers to help increase their understanding of disability and enable them to recruit and support disabled people and those with long term health conditions in work. It has links to other resources to enable employers to become more confident when attracting, recruiting and retaining disabled people.
- Disability Confident Pledge
- Understanding Autism
You must always discuss any recommendations with the person concerned. The law does not require you to implement adjustments that are not reasonable but it is your responsibility to make that assessment. The following questions will help you to make an objective assessment whether a recommended or requested adjustment is reasonable.
- How effective will the adjustment be in preventing the disadvantage? For example, dyslexia can impact on the person’s organisational skills, adjusting their hours to part time will not address the problem.
- How practical is it to make the adjustment? For example, if the recommendation is for a particular piece of software, is this compatible with all of the other software used by the individual?
- Can the adjustment be sustained in the longer term? For example, if the recommendation is for the individual to undertake “light duties” how will this impact on the operational resilience of the service?
- What effect, if any, will the adjustment have on other employees?
- Would making the particular adjustment result in unacceptable risks to the health & safety of any person (including the person with the disability)?
- Would making the adjustment reduce a health & safety risk to anyone (including the person with the disability)?
- What, if any, disruption will be caused by making the adjustment?
- Are there any financial and other costs, and are these reasonable?
- Is financial or other assistance available to help make the adjustment, e.g. from Access to Work?
- Does the person want to make the adjustments? If the person does not agree to making the only adjustments etc If the person refuses to co-operate with the only adjustments that are reasonable, you do not have a duty to do more.
- Moving to adult health care
- Further Education
- WorkAid - Supported Employment Scheme
- Supported Internships
- Independent Travel Training
- Finding a Disability Confident Employer
- Adult Social Care
- Independent Living
- Inclusion within the community
- National Resources
- Get help at work if you’re disabled or have a health condition (Access to Work Fund)
- Positive and Possible - SEND Employment Support
- Staying Safe, Bullying and Child Sexual Exploitation