Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What next? information events for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities

18 October 2012:
The Saffron Centre
256 Moseley Road, Birmingham B12 0BS
Drop in between 1pm and 8pm

31 October 2012:
Carrs Lane Church Centre
Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX
Drop in between 3pm and 8pm

If you are a young person aged 13-19 with a learning difficulty and/or disability, or their parent/carer, or a professional supporting a young person with learning difficulties, this is your chance to find out about:
  • Colleges
  • Work Related Training
  • Careers Advice
  • Independent Living
  • Social Worker Services
  • Parent and Family Support

At both events there will be a programme of workshops that you can attend, starting at 6pm and lasting for about 20 minutes. The workshops will cover:
  • Planning for Transition
  • Social Care
  • Family Information

Comments about last year's events:
  • "Much wider range of support options than I was aware of" (parent/carer)
  • "It's really helpful and it helps me know what to do in the future" (young person)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coming to Birmingham in November - The Skills Show

The Skills Show is at the NEC, 15-17 November 2012. It gives you a chance to:
  • meet top employers and talk to real people about real jobs
  • try interactive Have A Go’s, offering you the chance to try a bite-size taster of a new skill, trade or profession
  • speak to experts from some of the biggest names in skills, careers, Apprenticeships and education, to get free, impartial advice
  • speak to colleges, universities and learning providers from across the UK, about the different entry routes into a host of different career sectors.
Entry is free — find out more and register at

Monday, September 3, 2012

Beyond 16 — all new and out now...

Beyond 16 is our guide - online and downloadable PDF - to help you make decisions about what to do when you finish Year 11. It has just been completely updated and revised for young people who will finish Year 11 next summer. It covers the four main options available to you at that time:
  • taking an education course at school or college
  • joining an Apprenticeship programme with an employer
  • starting a Foundation Learning programme at school, college or with a work-based learning provider
  • finding a job, which because of the Raising of the Participation Age will need to include training leading to an accredited qualification
You can get Beyond 16 through the Connexions Birmingham website.