Our team supports young people aged 16 to 18 (up to the September after their 18th birthday) who live in Dorset and who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) with:
Depending on their circumstances, we also offer direct support to the following groups of young people who are NEET and most in need:
- Children in Care and Care Leavers aged 16 to 21
- young people aged 16 to 25 with an EHCP (education, health and care plan)
We are also required to contact young people in the groups above and collect information about them, in order to confirm whether they are in education, employment or training, or whether they need further support from us in order to find work, a training or educational course or apprenticeship
What support our team can offer
The team support young people to continue education, find employment and access training in work areas that interest them.
We work with our partners to identify and engage with young people who have not continued their education or started work. Our partners include:
- other education providers
- our locality teams
We support young people through mentoring and relationships.
This builds on their:
- personal resilience
We may also work with the young person’s family to support them.
We focus on young people with special educational needs or disabilities and care leavers, as well as other young people who need the most support.
How young people get careers advice
Schools and colleges are responsible for providing independent careers advice and guidance for all young people in years 8 to 13. They receive support through the Careers and Enterprise Company with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
For young people with SEND who wish to stay in education, schools and colleges will support their transition to employment.
For young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan, schools and colleges help set goals and support for:
- moving into paid employment and higher education
- independent living
- having friends and relationships and being part of the community
- being as healthy as possible
Find out more about preparing SEND young people for adulthood on Dorset’s Local Offer.