Careers advice and supported employment

Find out about careers advice and support services, and supported employment options in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

Careers advice services can help you understand your options, and support you to figure out what kind of work you’d like to do. They can give you advice on what skills and experience you need, and help you make an action plan.

They can also help you learn how to find and apply for jobs, and learn skills like how to write a CV or do well at a job interview.

Supported employment is a programme for people with special educational needs or disabilities, focused on getting a job. You will do most of the learning at work, on the job with help from a job coach.


Where can I find careers advice or supported employment?

Careers advice

Amaze – Looking Forward

Amaze’s career support programme for young people with SEND aged 14-25, offering one-to-one support, group workshops, and parent carer training sessions.

East Sussex Youth Employability Service

Information, advice and guidance for 16-18 year olds in East Sussex, including one-to-one support, and support for young people with SEN.

Friends Centre Career Development Programme

Free one-to-one sessions with a National Career Service advisor. They also run workshops on CV building, interview technique, confidence building and more.

Impact Initiatives – West Sussex

Impact Initiatives offer a ‘Workability’ program, supporting people with disabilities or mental health needs to find work.

Jobcentre Plus

Work Coaches provide advice and job-seeking support and can arrange for other services to be provided. No in-work support is provided.

National Career Service

Get advice on the different stages of a job hunt, including how to improve your interview technique and write an effective CV. You can get help to search for your first job, get back into work or change career direction. Telephone helpline and webchat available.

Possability People

Possability People supports disabled people and people with long term health conditions who are looking for work. Support is available in Brighton & Hove, Hastings and Crawley.

Hangleton and Knoll Project – Routes

Offering free, one-to-one support for anyone aged 18+ needing some help on their journey into employment. Your advisor will help you make an action plan, as well as support you to improve your skills. There is some financial support available to help with practical issues like travel costs.

Southdown – Brighter Futures

Brighter Futures is a programme in East Sussex to help people who are out of work and have struggled to stay in work in the past. Support includes coaching, CV advice, interview preparation and job searching.

Spear Brighton

Free one-to-one and group support from job coaches to help young people aged 16-24 to overcome their challenges, realise their potential, and get into work, as well as support to settle in and progress in your job.

Whitehawk Inn Brighton (BHT)

Community centre providing adult education, training, one-to-one careers support and money advice, internships/voluntary opportunities and free or affordable short courses and clubs.

Youth Employability Service (YES)

Information, advice and guidance service for all 16-18 year olds, offering one-to-one support. They also have a dedicated advisor who supports eligible young people with special educational needs.

YMCA EVOLVE

One-to-one work and learning coaching for adults receiving housing support. EVOLVE stands for: Education, Volunteering, Vocational training and Employment.

Young People’s Centre

Space for young people to come and relax, chat to people and access good food, activities, counselling, life coaching, information and support for overall health and wellbeing.

Youth Advice Centre (YAC)

Guidance and information drop in service for young people up to the age of 25.

Youth Employability Service

Free careers information, advice, guidance and support with finding the right apprenticeship, college course, training or job.

Supported employment

Aldingbourne Trust – West Sussex

The WorkAid scheme aims to match adults with learning disabilities or autism with suitable work placements, and includes help for employers.

Little Gate Farm

Supported employment programme for learning disabled and autistic adults.

Southdown – Work and Wellbeing

A free service that provides tailored employment support to help people in Sussex with mental health challenges secure or retain work.

Team Domenica

A one-year structured study and training programme, four days per week, where all candidates complete a registered qualification.

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