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Employment, apprenticeships & traineeships including support into employment

You might be thinking about work for the first time and this section covers the options that might be available to you in Norfolk. Also covered is the specialist help and support you can access to help you find and apply for work. There's information about support whilst at work to help you do your job well and develop your skills and confidence.

Finding work at 16+

All young people aged 16 or 17 should be in some form of learning until they are 18 although this can be part time learning of 280 hours of guided or recognised learning each year alongside voluntary work or work which should be 20 hours equivalent or more each week. The Raising Participation age requirements can be confusing but there is a very good guide from The Source in Suffolk if you want to read more.

Some of the options and support below therefore will only be suitable for young people that are 18+ 


Things you can can do to build your confidence before applying for a job

You might want to apply for work experience, either at a place of work, or virtually on line. The Work experience section in the info and advice part of Help You Choose can help get you started. You might also want to consider voluntary work or short programmes that you can read more about in the community section.


People that can help you

If you are still at school, you can talk to your SENCo or careers teacher/adviser. If you have left school and are unemployed (NEET) and you are under 25, you can contact a Norfolk County Council guidance adviser by calling 0344 800 8022 or emailing


Some of your options, how do I find a job, and the extra support you might get?

The links below will provide more information about publications that advertise jobs in Norfolk. You can read more about traineeships, apprenticeships and supported internships. There's lots of information and support available for young people searching work that have special educational needs and disabilities, including a fantastic project called Chances for young people in Norfolk.