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

Preparation should start early - long before your child becomes and 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. Click here for more information about Liverpool's Supported Internship programme. 


If your child 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 EHCP 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 or watch this short video.

From Year 7, your child can access impartial careers advice that will be tailored to their needs. Parents and carers are welcome to speak to the school Careers Leader or attend any in-school meetings. Contact Mrs Carroll on bcarroll@finchwoodsacademy.net to arrange an appointment.


Useful Contacts, Websites & Resources

  • Spotlight on supported internships* - A webinar for parents and carers of young people preparing for adult life  

    Thursday 18 May, 10.30am - 12.00pm (on Teams)

    Join us to learn more about supported internships and how they can benefit your child. This online event is particularly designed for parents, carers, and representatives from Parent Carer Forums. During the webinar, we’ll hear personal experiences from past supported interns and employers, and see how they benefited from the internship.  We’ll also hear from a government representative explaining how the government supports more young people with SEND into work. 

    To book a place please go to the booking form here
  • Knowsley local offer website provides information for children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and 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.
  • www.parentalguidance.org.uk - Careers information and advice
  • National Careers Service - Speak to a Careers Advisor for advice and support - 0800 100 900
  • National Apprenticeship Service contact details:
    Email - nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk
    Telephone - 0800 015 0400
  • Preparing for Adulthood - Outcomes for children and young people with SEND
  • The Parents' Guide to Helping your Child Know What's Next
  • The Parents' Guide to Homelife & Study
  • Parents' Pack - Apprenticeship Information
  • How to Teach Kids about Money - Natwest MoneySense
  • Apprenticeships 2023 Parents Letter - Parent/ Carer letter from the Department of Education regarding the benefits of apprenticeships