Planning Your Future – getting advice
You may have left education but are not sure about your next step. You may be thinking about an apprenticeship, or about returning to education but not sure what to study. You may have ideas about a future career but don’t know the best route to take, or been working for a while but want a career change.
Getting some advice from a specialist adviser can help you explore the different options open to you and what direction to take. If you’re still in education, you may be able to see someone at your school or college. Otherwise, get advice from the following:
Castlegate have Connexions Advisers who can help you look at your options for work, training, education or volunteering. They can also help you with the practical steps to put your plans into action – for example applying for courses or jobs, writing letters or a c.v. If you are age 20+ they may refer you to a National Careers Service adviser, see below, depending on what help you need.
National Careers Service have local advisers for people 19+ (or 18+ if you are referred by the Jobcentre) who can offer you one to one advice about anything to do with work or learning. There is also a national helpline plus online information and advice for school leavers and adults. Online at www.gov.uk.
There is a Connexions Adviser based at the Traveller and Ethnic Minority Support Service. Ruth Robson works with young Travellers 13–19 to help them stay in or access education, training or employment.
Check out icould.com and plotr.co.uk and successatschool.org – which all have information about different kinds of job roles and profiles, interactive features such as online careers chat or videos to give you inspiration or ideas.
York Learning provides information and support about improving skills and qualifications, employment, training, learning and apprenticeship opportunities. They can also offer extra support through programmes such as ‘Improve Your Prospects’ to help you into work or learning. Programmes run over several weeks offering short courses and regular help from a mentor. Eligibility depends on your age and circumstances, or those of your family.
Support if you have a learning difficulty or disability
Help with education, work and training is available at Castlegate for those 16–19. However if you have additional special educational needs you may be able to get this support until age 25. An adviser can talk to you about the different options available. There is also specialist provision that may be able to support you more.
You may also be able to get help through the Disability Employment Adviser at Monkgate Jobcentre, depending on any benefits you claim. They offer a range of support and help towards finding and keeping a job. Ask to be referred by your Jobcentre work coach.