Preparing for adulthood

View more detail on the 4 areas in the sections below.

Preparing for adulthood: a young person's guide.

Growing up and becoming an adult is known as Preparing for Adulthood or PfA for short. There are 4 areas of PfA which are important for everyone growing up. These are:

  • Education, training and employment 
  • Independent living
  • Having friends and being part of your community
  • Keeping healthy

The Local Offer has more information on Preparing for Adulthood and what to expect.

Forwards Employment Team

The Forwards Employment Team offer a variety of programmes for young people and adults, who require additional support to get into employment.

1:1 Service

The 1:1 Service offers regular sessions with a specialist job broker who will support individuals by:

  • Supporting them to find work experience placements which they will enjoy
  • Increasing their skills and confidence
  • Offering bespoke courses to get them ready for starting work

The Job Brokers also work with employers to encourage the development of paid opportunities.

Forwards Work Club

Forwards Work Clubs provide support for disabled people who have the capacity to work within a group setting. These clubs are designed for individuals whose needs are higher functioning eg those with physical disabilities, mild to moderate mental health issues, higher functioning autism.

Assisted Internship Model (AIM)

This programme is a way of enabling young people with a disability or other additional needs to take their journey towards a paid job. The Assisted Internship was previously known as a Supported Internship and offers an opportunity to gain practical working experience and improve the prospects of being offered paid employment. Job Coaches are available to assist young people to develop the skills required to be successful in the workplace.

Page updated: 04/05/2022 Page updated by: GCC

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