Young people in England are required to continue in education or training until they are 18.

This does not necessarily mean staying in school; you have a choice about how you continue in education or training after the age of 16. This could be through:

In Southend there are many options for you to choose from post 16. Our local area has:

There are also 16 to 19 academies, and vocational learning and training providers. The range of study programmes available is broad and includes AS/A-levels, vocational qualifications at all levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, supported internships and bespoke packages of learning.

View details of settings offering post-16 provision.

Supported Internships at South Essex College

A supported internship is a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. The internships enable young people aged 16 to 24 who hold an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) with a learning disability and/or Autism to make it easier for them to enter the job market by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Supported internships are unpaid and last for a minimum of six months. The main goal is for the young person to move into paid employment. During their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which includes English, maths and employability skills.

You can find out more on the South Essex College website.

Apprenticeships at South Essex College

Apprenticeships are a perfect alternative to university or college for many people because you can work while you study. An apprenticeship is a great way to gain the skills, knowledge, experience and the qualifications you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training, and study, letting you 'earn while you learn'.

There are many different apprenticeships available across a wide range of industries, and for over 1,500 job roles. As a paid employee, each apprentice works alongside their studies. There are no student fees - your training costs are funded by the government and your employer.

Find out more about apprenticeships at South Essex College.

SEND Provision at Southend Adult Community College

All students with special educational needs, whether physical, intellectual, social or emotional, are, wherever possible, fully integrated into our College community and have access to appropriate educational provision to allow them to experience a broad and balanced curriculum.

Our SEND Provision covers both our specialist centre for 19 to 21 year olds with profound needs at our Westcliff Centre, along with our Bespoke courses for all ages at our Southchurch site. We offer a full range of subjects delivered by teachers with specific SEN training and experience with something for all from healthy living classes to creative well-being. There are also opportunities to complete L1/L2 qualifications in employability.

More information can be found on the Southend Adult Community College website.

Foundation courses at USP College

Foundation courses at USP College are designed to support students with an EHCP to prepare them for adulthood.

The Pathways programme is designed for young people who would benefit from learning within a supported environment. Students on the programme receive help to develop their independent living skills to prepare for adulthood whilst studying Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths, depending on entry qualifications.

Skills to Employment Progression (STEP) is a full-time work-based study programme where you can learn teamwork and employability skills. You will also improve your Functional Maths and English alongside NCFE Employability and may be able to resit your Maths and/or English GCSEs depending on your previous results.

Supported Internship is a one year course designed for students up to the age of 25 with an EHCP. It makes the first steps into employment and learning new skills less daunting for individuals with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The course will benefit students that would like to further develop their functional skills and carry out practical voluntary work with an employer.

Level 1 Vocational Studies is designed as an introduction to college and will focus on the personal, social and employability skills you will need to progress to further study in a specific sector at Level 2 such as Health and Social Care, Business, Sport, Early Years, Media or to an employment course such as STEP or Apprenticeship.

Provision outside Southend

For provision outside Southend, you may find it helpful to view the Essex County Council SEND Local Offer and the Thurrock Local Offer websites.

Apprenticeships and jobs event - November 2021

In November 2021, lots of local employers took part in an event to talk about the types of Apprenticeships and Jobs that are available for young people with SEND. Watch a video of the event.

Careers and Study information on the Your Futures website

Further information about post-16 study options and employment opportunities across Essex can be found on the Your Futures website.