Local offer - 14 to 25 years

We understand that growing up and things changing can be difficult for anyone, especially those with additional needs and/or SEND.

In Solihull we hope to support you so you can say "I know what will happen, when it will happen and who I can communicate with about this".

Are you a parent or carer who would like to stay informed about careers Information for young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities? Follow this link to stay up to date with news, events, and resources to help you and your young person as they navigate their path into the world of work: SEND Careers Parent and Information 

There are several non-education options available for young people aged 16 to 18.

These options include:

  • Apprenticeships - apprenticeships provide a combination of on-the-job training and formal study, allowing young individuals to earn while they learn and gain practical skills in various industries
  • Employment - young people can choose to enter the workforce directly, seeking full-time or part-time employment to gain practical experience and earn a wage.
  • Supported Internships - designed for young individuals with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), supported internships offer structured study programs within workplaces to equip them with skills for paid employment

It's important for young people to consider their interests, strengths, and goals when choosing from these non-education options to ensure they select the right path that best meets their aspirations and needs.

Apprenticeship and employment options

Routing for them - A parent’s/carer’s simple guide to education, training and employment pathways for those with SEND

Presentation covering post-16 options for young people with SEND

Where can I get further information on advocacy and advice services?

Advocacy is about making sure that people’s rights are protected, that their views, wishes and feelings are heard and listened to, that they are supported to make their own informed choices, to be independent and to change things to make them better.

We understand that becoming an adult can be an anxious time. This is even more of a concern if you have care and support needs as a result of a physical or mental impairment or illness.

To try and support you through this time, we have developed a pathway to enable us to get to know you and your needs better by the time you are 18. This will help you to know what support you are likely to receive as an adult and the options available.

Our plan by doing is that we will provide a smooth transition into adulthood, where you and your family feel supported and in control of your future.

Preparing for adulthood