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Getting into work

Most young people want to be able to get a paid job. Young people with special educational needs and disabilities often face extra challenges in finding work.

There is a range of help available. For example, financial help is available to pay for adjustments in the workplace - this includes help to pay for equipment, taxis and other adjustments.

There are also services to help people with disabilities find and remain in work.

It can be helpful to:

  • talk with family, friends and the people who support you at school or college about the sort of job you'd like to do
  • if you have person-centred review meetings, use these meetings to think about what will help you to get the job you want
  • get in touch with a Careers Adviser or Personal Adviser through school or college, and the Disability Employment Adviser at Jobcentre Plus. These people can help you to find out about different jobs, any qualifications you might need and the support that is available
  • do some work experience. School or college may be able to help organise this
  • consider volunteering.  This can be a good way to gain useful skills, meet new friends and increase your confidence
  • talk to Jobcentre Plus about how earning a wage will affect your benefits.

If you're aged 16 or over, Derbyshire County Council's Disability Employment service (opens in a new window) may be able to help you to find paid work, work experience or voluntary work. The service can help with preparing a CV, getting ready for an interview and can help make sure you find about vacancies in your area.  

The Careers Adviser or Disability Employment Adviser at Job Centre Plus will have details of companies in the local area looking to employ young people and will also be able to provide you with the details of help available to people with learning difficulties or disabilities.