A full list of available apprenticeships and traineeships is available from the National Apprenticeship Service and the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub:
http://www.apprenticeships.org/ - National Apprenticeship Service
http://www.apprenticeshipswork.org.uk/ - Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub
Sefton Council works in conjunction with other Local Authority (LA) partners through the Hub to develop the generic apprenticeship offer for young people. Other methods of finding out more about apprenticeships are available including contacting the Connexions Service whose role involves providing links with a range of suitable agencies.
All Post-16 learners with SEN can access support from the Connexions Service who will inform and guide learners and parents or carers to available information and sources of support. Connexions will ensure that young people are able to identify and access the full local offer of post 16 opportunities.
The main source of information for the generic offer to all young people in Sefton is the Mersey Interactive website:
Teachers, personal advisors, youth works and other key staff will be able to guide young people to the site and through the various progression pathways. The designated Connexions member of staff will then outline options for the young person and parents/carers before assisting with the application. Advice and guidance is also sought from headteachers and principals.
For those learners with the highest needs requiring specialist provision, support is provided to ensure suitable provision is sourced. Applications are submitted to the Post-16 High Needs Panel, chaired by the LA Officer for P16 Education, for assessment and discussion prior to allocation of a placement.
JobCentre Plus and Sefton@work offer specialist help and guidance for those young people looking to access employment by offering support or signposting to other available services and agencies for learners with special needs.
http://www.jobcentreguide.org/ - Guide to JobCentre Plus
http://www.seftonatwork.net/ - Sefton@Work