What support is there to help my child/ward prepare for the future?

Preparation should start as early as possible – long before your child becomes an adult.

From year 8 onwards your son/ward can access impartial careers advice that will be tailored to their needs by our commissioned Careers Adviser through Career Connect.

As part of your son/wards Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, the Year 9 annual review  and every review after that, will include a focus on preparing for adulthood. This means there should be targets in the EHC plan that will help your child to achieve steps towards preparing for post 16 options. The EHCP will be updated as your child progresses.

When your son/ward leaves Clifford Holroyde at 16, they are likely to have some or all of the following options available to them depending on their ability, independence and support needs:

  • Further education at a college or training provider to follow a study Programme – List of colleges and training providers
  • Apprenticeship – An apprenticeship is a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training and study, letting you ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships are available across a range of areas. Further information can be found here.
  • Traineeship – Usually a 6 month Programme made up of extended work experience working towards qualifications. A traineeship will normally lead to an apprenticeship or work.
  • Supported Internship – Supported Internships are a study Programme for learners with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). Learners will have a work placement and complete relevant qualifications alongside their placement. More information about Liverpool’s Supported Internship Programme.

You can find a breakdown of all post 16 options here —

Welcome to The National Apprenticeship Shows

The National Apprenticeship Shows exist only to promote Apprenticeships and our message is clear – Apprenticeships work for both candidates and employers alike!


These FREE to attend events showcase all levels of Apprenticeships, from entry level all the way through to Higher and Degree. This offers visitors the opportunity to engage with each region’s top Employers, Colleges, Universities, and Training Providers in a face-to-face, interactive environment.

The National Apprenticeship Shows are the perfect opportunity for School and College leavers, as well as young adults, parents and carers, to discover more about Apprenticeships across the seven regions we cover in England.

If you’re a teacher from a School or College looking to bring a group of students, head to the ‘Group Registration‘ tab to book your group.

If you’re an individual wanting to attend, head to the ‘Register‘ tab to book.

These events reach more School and College leavers, parents, carers and individuals than any other event of its kind, so if you’re an Employer or Provider looking to promote your Apprenticeship offering and recruit for your programmes, why not exhibit at one or more of our events?

If you have any questions about visiting or exhibiting, do get in touch with the team on or 0203 858 7000.

Useful websites and contacts

NatWest Group School Leavers Brochure

NatWest Group are proud to be sponsoring National Careers Week and as part of our all year round celebration of careers, we’ve put together a new guide to help you understand the different ways that you can start your career with us, along with some top tips on how to apply. Our guide provides a spotlight on apprenticeship, internship and graduate roles – if you’re at school or university and still deciding on what’s right for you, this is a great way to learn about our opportunities.”

Support for parents and guardians

If you’re a parent, guardian or carer, you can help inspire the apprentices of tomorrow.

Apprenticeships are designed by employers so the training reflects the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need for a particular occupation.

Apprenticeship training is of a high standard and only training providers who are on the register of apprenticeship training providers can deliver the training.

Working as an apprentice means they earn as they learn. An apprentice works in a real job and spends 20% of their working hours training. So they gain the skills needed for their chosen occupation.

Some apprenticeships include a qualification, including a degree. All of the training is free, so the apprentice has no student debt to worry about.

A school or college leaver can apply for university and an apprenticeship at the same time. They can make their final decision after they’ve had time to consider their options.

To support someone with apprenticeships you can:

Contents of this Months parent and carers’ pack:

  • Apprentice insight: Life as an apprentice at Microsoft
  • Apprenticeships uncovered
  • National Apprenticeship Week 2024
  • A ten-step apprenticeship plan for 2024
  • *New* Higher & Degree apprenticeship vacancy listing
  • A look at the T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production
  • A quick guide to HTQs
  • Provider focus – Coach Core Foundation
  • How hobbies can support an apprenticeship application
  • Employer focus: Apprenticeships with the British Army and Dunelm
  • Medical Doctor Degree Apprenticeships
  • Dates for your diary

Parents and Carers Pack – January 2024

SEND local offer

Liverpool’s local offer website provides information for children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) their parents or carers – all in one place. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and control over what support is right for you or your child. You can also contact the  Liverpool City Council’s SEN department on 0151 233 3000.

16 to 19 education: financial support for students

Children and young people with SEND and their families may be entitled to additional financial support. The government offers advice on financial help for children and young people on the Learner Support Helpline (0800 121 8989)

National Careers Service

You can contact a qualified Careers Advisor via text / phone or webchat to discuss careers, courses and finding a job—

Careers Writers Association

Parental Guidance brought to you by the Careers Writers Association – 

Preparing for Adulthood

For resources and support you can visit the Preparing for Adulthood website

Virtual Transition Support & Information for SEND Provision in Liverpool City Region

Virtual Transition Support & Information for SEND Provision


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