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Preparing for Employment

How AfC helps young people access opportunities

  ↵​​We aim to support young people with SEND into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living options and friends, relationships and community inclusion - outcomes which have been set nationally by the government. We will work with young people and their families and our partners, to improve life chances for young people. 

These pages provide information on support available to explore and access vocational opportunities that can provide a pathway into employment from your individual starting point. 

14 to 25 Service 

The teams within the 14 to 25 service work in partnership to deliver positive outcomes for young people. The role of each team is described below.

14 to 25 team  

​The 14 to 25 team works closely with the Preparing for Adulthood team and social care and health teams in managing the funding process to support learners with high needs into independent specialist providers and further education providers.

The Team coordinate and delivers AfC’s Next Steps careers interventions to targeted young people with SEND in participating schools across years 9 to 11 and to young people with EHCPs residing in Kingston and Richmond Local Authority areas. 

The team also tracks and identifies young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET)and signposts them to additional support and guidance.

Education Business Partnership 

The Education Business Partnership’s dedicated Vocational Pathways Coordinator supports young people to access provision that can begin their pathway to employment. 

The support that can be provided includes, research of local apprenticeships, traineeships and vocational training options, help to complete applications, accompaniment to interviews and induction days, support and activities to prepare for the workplace.  

If you feel you would benefit from this support please contact your Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) coordinator and ask them to make a referral on your behalf. 

The Education Business Partnership also delivers AfC’s Positive Directions programme. This is a programme for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).  The content is bespoke to the individual, dependant on their aspirations and future plans, but can include:

  • Mentoring
  • Careers guidance
  • Support to prepare for and undertake maths and English functional skills tests
  • Certificated online courses in a range of sector areas
  • Small group or individual employability workshops 

Positive Directions - Training and Career Advice for 16 - 24 year olds (pdf)

If you (or your young person aged 16 to 18 years) would like some support please contact:

Carol Jennings

Vocational Pathways Coordinator
Achieving for Children
Phone: 020 8547 6984

Preparing for Adulthood Team 

The Preparing for Adulthood teams, works closely with the 14 to 25 and Education Business Partnership teams.  The coordinators make referrals to the Positive Directions programme and the Vocational Pathways Coordinator to help young people access support to achieve their employment goals. 

Other AfC teams that support young people into employment

Way 2 Work 

Way to Work are AfC's internal training provider. They offer apprenticeship opportunities in Child Care, Business Administration, Customer Service and Supporting Teaching and learning in schools.  Their vacancies are displayed on their website.  They can also work with employers to develop vacancies.

Apprenticeships on the Way2Work website (opens a new window)

Apprenticeships on live National Apprenticeships website feed (opens a new window)

Useful reading

Vocational Options Post 16 (pdf)

We also recommend that you read our Next Steps Pack to understand all the education and employment options.
The Next Steps Pack is aimed at young people in years 10 and 11, including information if you need extra support with your learning.
Next Steps Pack 2020/21​ (pdf)


Next Steps Interviews

To support learners to make a successful transition post 16, the 14 to 25 team at AfC offer Next Steps interviews to learners in local and out of borough schools, delivered by our qualified careers advisers.  These interviews are to help raise awareness of the local offer and to explore options post 16.

All young people in Year 11 will be offered a Next Steps interview, whether they are in a Kingston or Richmond school or in an out of borough school.  Interviews are offered to all Year 10 and Year 13 learners accessing SEN Support and resident learners with EHCPs in Kingston and Richmond schools.  

For more information on these Next Steps interviews contact the 14 to 25 team at Email: or speak with your teachers at school to see when the next round of interviews are scheduled at your school.