Parent / Carer Area


What support is there to help my child prepare for the future?


Preparation should start early – long before your child becomes an adult.


Since the Raising of the Participation Age the law states that young people must be in some form of ‘education or training’ until they are 18. This can include


Further education at a local college or training provider to follow a study programme.


Apprenticeship – An apprenticeship is a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training and study, letting you ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships are available across a range of areas. Further information can be found here.


Traineeship – Usually a 6 month programme made up of extended work experience working towards qualifications. A traineeship will normally lead to an apprenticeship or work. Further information can be found here.


Supported Internship – Supported Internships are a study programme for learners with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). Learners will have a work placement and complete relevant qualifications alongside their placement. Further information about Liverpool’s Supported Internship programme can be found here.


If your son/daughter has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, the Year 9 annual review and every review after that, will include a focus on preparing for adulthood. This means there should be targets in the EHC plan that will help your child to achieve steps towards preparing for post 16 options. The EHCP will be updated as your child progresses.


You can find a breakdown of all post 16 options here.


Useful websites and contacts


Liverpool Local offer website provides information for children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) their parents or carers – all in one place. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and control over what support is right for you or your child. You can also contact the Liverpool City Council’s SEN department on 0151 233 3000. Further information can be found here.


Helpful information about parental advice and guidance can be found here.



Department for Education


Please see below a letter from issued by the Government for ‘National Careers Week’ 2022:




National Careers Service


You can speak to a Careers Advisor for advice and support on 0800 100 900


National Apprenticeship Service


Telephone: 0800 015 0400





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