On behalf of Cumbria County Council Inspira provides careers information advice and guidance for young people with an EHCP from year 9 upwards. We work closely with schools and colleges to support transition planning, the help we provide is bespoke and tailored to meet individual needs and we welcome the involvement of parents. An Inspira Adviser would meet with the young person in school in advance of their EHCP review, in meetings, our role is to advocate on behalf of the young person and family. Inspira works with a range of providers and agencies to ensure that we can support young people and their parents/carers to prepare for adulthood.
The support that we can offer includes:
- career choice and planning
- qualifications and how to choose college courses
- college applications
- university applications
- training courses
- job applications
- work experience support
- skills for employment support
- preparing for job interviews.
If you would like to find out more about the support and options available to you or your son/daughter or if you would like to speak to an adviser, please contact us either by filling in the relevant contact form on our website.
Next Steps After Year 11 and Year 13 - Inspira guide you through your next steps.
UCAS - This is a UK based organisation whose main role is to operate the application process for British Universities.
Not Going to Uni - Website for school and college leavers to help you find a job!
iCould - Uses the power of personal stories to inform young people's career choices.
Career Pilot - Website for young people to them explore jobs and courses.
Amazing Apprenticeships - Founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits.
BBC Bitesize - Free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the UK. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.
Preparing for Adulthood - Funded by the Department of Education (DfE). They provide expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. They work to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.
Propel - Provide flexible and accessible finance to SMEs across the country.
Become - An organisation who are working on improving the everyday lives and future life changes of children in care and young care leavers.
Princes Trust - Help care leavers to develop the confidence and skills needed to engage with services and winder opportunities.
DWP - Find a Job - Find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales. Use the 'Find a job' service to search and apply for jobs.
Career Helpline for Teenagers - Call the National Careers Service helpline for information and advice about jobs, careers and training if you’re 13 or older in England.
Find a Traineeship - A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.
Apprenticeship Resources to explore from Home - Parents can access current and past editions of our specialist Parents’ Pack, filled with the latest advice and guidance, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.
Understanding T Levels - A new career-focused alternative to A levels.