Although young people must be doing some form of recognised accredited education or training until their 18th birthday, this does not mean they have to go into education. For those that would rather work (whether paid or voluntary) this is still an option, as long as it involves at least twenty hours of work per week PLUS working towards a nationally-recognised qualification.

For more information about part-time study opportunities to support your employment/volunteering why not search for your local education providers.

The Careers Explorer enables you to explore different professions and access local labour market information so you can find out about average weekly earnings, how many jobs of that type are available in the county and also enables you to search for vacancies.

There are a number of ways you can search for jobs including looking on job search websites, in local and national newspapers and by using social media sites such as LinkedIn.

Below are some job search sites that you may find helpful.


Guardian Jobs

Fish 4 Jobs

Monster Jobs

Universal Jobmatch


If you would like advice about searching for a job, hints and tips on writing a CV and help with your interview technique see the related sites below!


Benefits of Work (with accredited training)

Short              Gain valuable work experience

Medium          Work towards nationally recognised qualifications

Long               Develop communication and interaction skills in preparation for employment


If you are over 18 and unemployed, the Jobcentre can work with you to find a vacancy. Many Jobcentres also have Disability Employment Advisers on hand to help those young people with SEND.

Employers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people in the workplace. Some young people with SEND may be eligible for an Access to Work grant that can pay for specialist equipment and support in the workplace. For more information please visit the Access to Work page.

If you are eligible for adult social care then you may benefit from engaging with Surrey Choices who help those with SEND find volunteering placements and paid work. They also run job clubs that are open to everyone looking for work. For more information please visit



Some individuals opt to work for themselves by becoming self-employed. If you have a business idea that you think might work, this may be something you wish to consider. It is important to be aware however that there are rules and regulations on running your own business and you need to register as being self-employed to make sure that you are paying the correct taxes. If you are under the age of 18 then, alongside being self employed for at least 20 hours or more per week, you will need to be studying towards an accredited qualification in order to meet your duty to participate. There are both advantages and disadvantages to self-employment:

Advantages: job satisfaction, independence, ability to work flexibly in terms of location

Disadvantages: financial risk, long hours, lack of employee benefits

For more information on working for yourself please visit

If you are 18-30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working less than 16 hours per week, and have a business idea you would like to explore, the Prince’s Trust offer an Enterprise Programme where they can help you turn your ideas in to reality. For more information please visit


Not sure what career you are interested in pursuing? The Careerometer below enables you to compare the employment prospects, average wages and working hours of up to three jobs in the South East.

Related sites

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My Plus Students' Club - Website that provides recruitment advice and careers information for students and graduates with a disability or long term health problem.


NCS_Logo_(square).jpgJob Profiles National Careers Service - Profiles on almost 800 different types of job, from gardener to graphic designer. Each one explains which skills and qualifications you need to get into that job. You can also read about what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects are.


Job Search - Search for full or part time jobs using the Universal Jobmatch system

SCC_logo.jpgJob Search - Search for full or part time jobs at Surrey County Council

Surrey_Choices_Logo.jpgEmployAbility (Surrey Choices) - EmployAbility is a dedicated service that helps to find work placements, training, volunteer opportunities and paid work for you if you have autism or a learning, physical or sensory disability.