SEND - Finding a job

If you have special educational needs or a disability, there is extra support available to help you gain skills and qualifications, find a job and while you work.

Paid work

Your local Jobcentre Plus can help you find a job and tell you about disability friendly employers in your area.

Ask the work coach at your local Jobcentre about programmes and grants like Work Choice which can help you get and keep a job if you’re disabled and find it hard to work.

If you have a disability, health or mental health condition an Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help you start working and while you work.

Gain skills to help you get a job

If you get benefits, your Jobcentre Plus work coach can give you more information about programmes that can help you prepare or find work like the Work Programme.

Lancashire adult learning run a range of employment skills courses that are free if you are unemployed or claiming any type of benefit and looking for work. Courses include supported employment courses for students with a learning disability.

If you're not sure about studying full time at sixth form or college, or doing an apprenticeship, a supported internship could be for you.

You could also think about volunteering to get extra skills and qualifications.

Starting your own business

Your local Jobcentre Plus work coach can tell you about help you can get to start up your own business.

More information and advice

You can find more information about careers and finding a job in the jobs, education and training section which also has information about routes into employment like apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships.

Jobcentre Plus – find your local Jobcentre

Employment Support Service - help for people with disabilities to successfully gain or retain employment.

National Government – about looking for work if you're disabled


If you would like help, get in touch with us for confidential information, advice and support.