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Pathways to Employment

SEND: No Limits!

Preparing For Adulthood have produced their Better Off In Work Guide, which explains why employment is such a key part of adulthood.

There are now a range of options for young people when looking for employment, some of which follow an education pathway that will support them into work. These study programmes could be supported internships, traineeships, inclusive apprenticeships or simply work experience, but in each case they help people with disabilities by giving them genuine experience in the workplace. Similar models have proven successful in supporting people with other (perceived) barriers to work as well.

To view the different routes that can be embarked on from Year 9, please click here to view our Preparing for Adulthood pathway.

If an education pathway is not something that you would be interested in, then please look at our Disabled Confident Employers page here. These employers may be able to offer you your perfect job. 

Supported Internships

Supported Internships Supported Internships are based primarily at employer’s premises with on the job training and support. More information on these programmes is available from Preparing for Adulthood Website and their Factsheet. The most important requirement of a Supported Internship is that the young person wants to and is ready to work, but may need extra support to do this.
There are a number of providers that deliver Supported Internships in Bradford, as well as other pathways to employment that include work trials and/or work experience, including:

Project Search Bradford

Project Search Toftshaw

Shipley College please see their video here

Keighley College


Each provider has their own unique selling points, and the Council is completely impartial. The structured Study Programme includes functional skills English and Maths, preparation for work and on-the-job training and support for both the Intern and the Employer. The Learning Provider (whether it be a College or Training organisation) together with an experienced Job Coach will work closely together to facilitate learning and personal development.
Supported Internships work best when a person’s aspirations and skills are matched to an employer. For the employer, the Internship must meet a real business need and provide the potential of a paid job at the end of the Programme, should the intern meet the required standard.


If you want to get hands on experience and learn on the job, then an Apprenticeship may be the right route for you. An apprenticeship is a great way to learn outside the classroom, right in the heart of your dream career. Find out more at Disability UK.
There are a number of providers and organisations that can help you secure the correct apprenticeship, including:


A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months. Traineeships are designed to help young people who want to get to an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have the skills or experience needed.

Work Experience

Work experience prepares people for work and develops general business awareness, as well as giving them an advantage over other candidates during recruitment. For young people with barriers to employment, including SEND, gaining relevant work experience can be challenging but even short term placements can generate significant outcomes. Work experience is embedded in most study programmes in one form or another, but successful placements depend on active commitment from the host organisation/employer. For more information please read Preparing for Adulthood's Work Experience Guidance. Services/Providers include:


Additional Information

Careers and Technical Education

Careers and Technical Education (CTE) is a pioneering way in which young people can gain skills and experiences that are planned around the requirements of local employers.

Bradford district's CTE is delivered through Bradford Pathways and Industrial Centres of Excellence (ICE).

For more information, visit their web page, here

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Pathway into employment from year 9 onwards

This is a visual to help you see the options available to you through education

Routes into employment

This is a simple diagram to show you the different routes you can take, depending on your starting point.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.