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Employment is a valid and achievable outcome for every young person regardless of the special educational need or disability

When looking for work experience, an apprenticeship, or a job, there are lots of places you can look and find out information from. The information below should help.

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Current opportunities

Fairshot Café: Mencap are partnering with Fairshot Café to deliver their Supported Internship. Currently they are in the process recruiting for their programme which starts in September 2023. Fairshot are social enterprise cafe and registered UK charity that aims to transform the lives of young adults with learning disabilities and/or autism through specialty coffee.

Take a look at Fairshot Café’s employment programme.

ISS facilities management: DFN Project SEARCH have partnered with ISS facilities management company, Phoenix School and College and Kaleidoscope to put on a brand new supported internship programme, starting in September 2023. To learn more about the programme and who would be supporting you, contact Matt Snow

No.: 07368 100118

Email: [email protected]

You can also view the information flyer for this event by clicking the “ISS Project SEARCH” flyer under the Downloads tab at the side of the page

 

AFK's: Life and Work Programme aims to help disabled London residents aged 18 to 25 find paid work. They offer skill training and real-world work experience, which leads to job opportunities and flexible support for transitioning into paid employment. For more information, please email [email protected]

 

Unity Works: is a part of Thera Trust. Unity Works is a specialist organisation that helps people with learning disabilities gain skills, obtain qualifications, and find work. Their Employment Advisors help people through the application and interview process, as well as provide in-work support to help people grow and thrive in their job. Throughout London, Unity Works provides supported employment as well as access to training programmes and social enterprises. For more information, please contact [email protected]

 

CCCT: Capital City College Training Academies offer free training and support packages to help you find work. They achieve this by offering bespoke, flexible programmes that are tailored to your specific needs and availability. The goal is to provide you with the confidence and skills necessary to be employable in 3 to 4 weeks, as well as a guaranteed job interview with one of their partner employers.

To be eligible for these courses, you must be at least 18 years old, a London resident with the right to work, and have a three-year UK residency.

The following training academies are open and available to you:

 

As a young person looking for work, it can be difficult to know where to begin.Your Future was created to assist you in navigating the services available, providing one-on-one advice, and directing you to the appropriate support based on your needs.

If you're 16-24 and looking for work or career advice, Your Future is here to help. For more information, please email [email protected]

Useful contacts when looking for a job

There are useful websites you can visit and helpful contacts to find out more.

Good Work Camden: free employment support service for Camden residents. For more information, please contact [email protected]

 

Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre: offer training, apprenticeships, advice, and opportunities in the construction industry local to King’s Cross. For more information, please contact [email protected]

 

Scope: offer both online and in person job support services. Each of their job support services are designed for working-aged disabled people. Scope’s job services include:

-          Support to Work: online and telephone for those 16+ looking for paid work. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 0300 222 5742

-          Starting Line: online pre-employment training for those 16+ at the start of their career. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 0300 222 5742

-          Kickstart: online one-to-one support for those 16+ looking for paid work. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 0300 222 5742

-          Career Pathways: option of face-to-face support for those 15-25. For more information, contact [email protected]

 

Camden Connexions service can Offer information, advice, guidance, and support with transitions, for young people aged 16 -25 who are Camden residents. For more information, contact [email protected]

 

DWP: If you are aged 16+ you may be entitled to access Universal Credit and job support, visit the DWP website to check your eligibility.

                                                                        

 

Job opportunity websites

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

  • The Camden Apprenticeships Team supports 18-24 year olds find and sustain apprenticeships. If you're looking for an apprenticeship, you can contact the Camden Apprenticeship team by emailing [email protected] or by calling 020 7974 2689 to find out more.
  • The UnityWorks Apprenticeships Scheme (in partnerhsip with the Camden Society) is an 12-month training programme. It offers fully accredited training, NVQ qualifications and practical work experience in all aspects of catering and hospitality to people with disabilities. To find out more visit their website, or contact Glen Sillet by calling 020 7485 8177 or email [email protected]. Read some case studies here about young people who have completed the apprenticeship.

Supported internships

A Supported internship is a college study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND who have an education, health, and care (EHC) plan, want to work, and require additional support. They typically last one academic year and are primarily based in a workplace, providing young people with the skills they need for work as well as the opportunity to obtain a qualification. On the programme, young people are supported by an expert job coach, who helps them find paid work at the end of the programme. Find below Supported internships in Camden and neighbouring boroughs:

 

 

 

 

Not In Education Employment or Training (NEET)

If you are not in education, employment or training (NEET), then New Horizons might be able to help by providing employment support around job searching, further training and one-to-one coaching.

Visit their website or call them on 0207 388 5560 to find out more.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills and become part of the community.

There are lots of places in Camden where you can volunteer. Below are some useful website and contact where you can search for volunteering opportunities that suit you.

  • Vinspired is an online database for 16-25 year olds looking for volunteering opportunities

Employment rights

When applying for a job, having an interview or if you're in a job already it's important to be aware of your legal rights as an employee.

The links below have some information about your rights as an employee, particularly so if you have a disability.

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