Work-based learning

There are a wide range of opportunities available in work-based learning, covering many different types of work. Work-based learning offers the opportunity to get the work skills and qualifications employers want. There are various options available through work-based learning, including:

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships lead to Level 2 or 3 qualifications.

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Level Apprenticeships lead to Level 3 qualifications. On Advanced Level Apprenticeships you will be employed and receive a wage.

Study Programmes

These programmes aim to help 14-19 year olds achieve entry level and Level 1 qualifications and move onto Level 2 learning by offering vocational experience, skills and understanding (in a particular career area), personal, social and employability skills and functional skills like practical English, mathematics and ICT for everyday use.

There are different levels and types of support available to help those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities within work-based learning depending on the programme the learner is engaged in.

Careers or Connexions Personal Advisers can discuss all the options and answer any questions about Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning programmes and other personal development programmes.

Voluntary work

Some young people choose to do voluntary work after leaving school. This can help improve confidence, develop job skills and introduce them to new people. There are many types of voluntary work, such as; working in charity shops, in care homes, or in day centres for older people.

Careers or Connexions Personal Advisers can offer more information about the opportunities available.


Support is often available to help young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities gain employment.

Jobcentre Plus runs a number of schemes designed to help and support people to gain employment these include:

Access to Work

Access to Work grants can help to pay for the practical support you need to start and stay in work if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.

Your eligibility will depend on the help you need and the benefits you already receive. You could use your grant to help get you to work if you can't use public transport, or buy special equipment that would help you do your job. 

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.

Specialist Employability Support

If you’re disabled you can get intensive support and training to help you into work.

You can apply if other employment programmes and schemes, such as Access to Work, are not suitable for you.

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.

Work Choice

Work Choice is a voluntary scheme to help you get and keep a job. The scheme is now closed for new applications, however if you're already on the Work Choice programme you will continue to receive support. For more information, visit the GOV.UK website