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Care Plus Group – Employability services

Employability Services help with employability and supported employment.

Employability Services supports the skills and worklessness agenda of North East Lincolnshire and promotes social inclusion within communities by opening up a career pathway to sustainable employment and further and higher education for unemployed people aged 16 plus.

This is achieved via a multi award winning Employability ‘Pathway Model’ of initiatives, including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Internships
  • Young People’s Study Programme
  • Intermediate Labour Market opportunities
  • Structured Voluntary Placements
  • Supported Internships
  • Work trials/taster days

The service works in partnership with other multi agencies who support the skills and worklessness agenda including Jobcentre PlusWork Programme providers, NELC, YPSS, Training Providers, Schools, Adult Social Care and Shaw Trust.

A Supported Internship is a study programme that includes extensive on-the-job training and works well for people with learning disabilities.

There are many benefits on top of develop work skills for young people including building confidence and soft skills like team working, there are opportunities to form relationships at work, interact with members of the public and contribute to the community. This has a positive impact on wellbeing.

The Supported Internships are for youngsters in full time education that have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

The internships will help young people achieve their aspirations and offer them a pathway to paid employment.

Our current Supported Internship programme, DFN Project Search, is offered developed in partnership with the Local Authority, Care Plus Group’s Employability Services and Linkage College.

Read guidance from the Department for Education.

Providing supported internships for young people with an EHC plan – GOV.UK (

Internships Work: All Tools & Resources – NDTi

If you have any questions please email:

DFN Project Search is a great programme for local young people with SEND to experience life as an independent working individual with the additional support and understanding of friendly group of professionals to make sure they have a positive experience.

We currently have a cohort of five interns. They praise the programme and have aspirations to go onto paid employment and independent living. See what they had to say.


“I’ve loved the programme. I want to keep working at Grimsby Hospital, go onto paid employment, and live independently.


“I loved my catering course at Linkage. The team supported me to go straight into catering at the hospital.”

Project Search: Rewriting the future of young people with learning disabilities – Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (

What’s it all about? Watch the video.

Care Plus Group – Supported employment aims to promote social inclusion, increase confidence and overall independence for people aged 16 plus with health conditions, learning and physical disabilities. Supported Employment provides specialist support for people with barriers to finding and remaining in work through training, assessment and individual development.

It enables people to make their own choices in finding employment, engaging in training and independent living/housing. This improves the quality of life for people with long term conditions and ensures people have a positive experience.

Also, supported employment can help people to remain in work and offer support with adaptations in the workplace.

“Ryan’s hard work has resulted in him securing a permanent position in his dream job.” Read about Ryan’s success in supported employment. NELC SEND Local Offer | Celebrating SEND- local stories (

Check out the Ambitious about Autism Toolkit to help young people find employment. Toolkits | Ambitious about Autism.

Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is – GOV.UK (

Access to Work can help you get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability.

The support you get will depend on your needs. Through Access to Work, you can apply for:

  • a grant to help pay for practical support with your work
  • support with managing your mental health at work
  • money to pay for communication support at job interviews

You can directly text or email us your questions about preparing for adulthood.

Text: 07585 122306


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