Employment and training for young people

Information about post-16 employment opportunities and training.

Supported employment

Our supported employment service helps disabled people or carers into work or training, and helps employers support disabled people in work.

Work and training options

The supported employment team can offer you support in finding employment with local businesses. They will identify with you; your current skills, discuss any education or training needs you may have which will enhance your skills, and help you to find and apply for jobs. The team can also support you at interviews and may be able to help you to find work-related benefits.

Even if you think you do not have enough work experience, there are many options available for you. They can offer advice and arrange with employers for work experience to develop your skills. They can then support you to find paid work.

There are a number of employment and training options available. To help you  we have published a guide called 'Employment Pathways' (pdf / 739 KB), which will take you through the options available for your circumstances.

Follow this link to contact the supported employment service through any of our local offices in Harrogate, Malton, Northallerton, Scarborough, Selby and Skipton.

Support at work

Over the last 14 years the team have worked with more than 250 employers to secure employment for disabled job seekers and have helped many people with disabilities to develop their work skills.

If needed, we will support you through any induction training at your workplace. If specialist equipment is required, our staff will refer you to Jobcentre Plus, which can also help you find more information and can tell you about funding or grants. We can also help you to work with your employer to make reasonable changes to your workplace to help you to do your job.

Long term support

If you require more long term support in your workplace, the job centre may be able to help with this, and we will discuss this with you and your employer. However our aim is to ensure that over time you work independently, with support from your employer when required.

Looking for a job

When you're looking for work, look for this symbol on adverts and application forms:

Positive about disabled people logo

The symbol means the employer is committed to employing disabled people. If a job advert displays the symbol, you'll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions for the job.

Find out about jobs in your area at your local jobcentre.

Disability employment advisers

A disability employment adviser (DEA) at your local jobcentre can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability friendly employers in your area.

They can also refer you to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate, or carry out an 'employment assessment', asking you about:

  • your skills and experience; and
  • what kind of roles you're interested in.

Ask to speak to a DEA at your local jobcentre.

Programmes and grants

Your DEA can tell you about programmes and grants to help you back into work. These include:

  • Work Choice - to help you find a job, and get support when you start work.
  • Access to Work - money towards a support worker or for the cost of equipment or travelling to work.