Becoming an Adult (16 - 25 years)

At this age there are opportunities for young people to develop skills, continue in education or enter education, training or employment and find support available including grants.

If you want to continue your education at College or in Further Education

There are a range of colleges available for you to choose from, either within the Knowsley Area, or the rest of the Liverpool City Region or outside Merseyside.  This information can be found by selecting each of these links - Further Education Colleges, Higher Education Institutions and Independent Specialist Colleges. You can get help deciding on the right course and the right place to study by speaking to someone at school or by contacting the TAG (Targeted Advice and Guidance) within Knowsley Local Authority on 0151 443 2898 where you will be put in touch with the relevant specialist SEND adviser.

All colleges should have a Learning Support Adviser. They can advise on courses and the help available for students with disabilities. Visit the college first to see if their facilities and equipment meet your needs. If you need support that's not currently available the college may be able to provide it specially.

Knowsley’s Further Education providers have been working together with Knowsley Local Authority to develop a progression route through further education to independent living, volunteering or supported employment in Knowsley.

Bluebell School in Knowsley has options available for Post 16 and there are also Independent Schools outside Knowsley that offer this option or 6th Form Schools/Colleges.

If you are leaving Education there are opportunities for Employment, Training and Skills Development (including volunteering).

There are different openings available to gain experience, develop your skills and enter work. 

Knowsley Council and Knowsley Community College run the Knowsley Supported Internship Programme to help young people with SEND to gain work experience, learn new skills and maybe progress to paid employment. Some organisations offer work as a Volunteer or supported employment. 

With Supported Employment & Training you will have support from a job coach who helps you learn the skills for a job. It also offers you the time in order to learn how to do the job you would like to do. You can find out more about Supported Employment from the Disability Employment Adviser at your local Jobcentre  

Day services also offer opportunities to gaining new skills and develop the skills you already have.

In Control is a national charity working for an inclusive society where everyone has the support they need to live a good life and make a valued contribution.

If you would like some help in being able to manage your finances and learn practical money management skills then Barclays Money Skills have a number of resources and NatWest MoneySense has interactive pages for different age groups as well as for teachers/parents.

Do you need Financial Support?


An Access to Work grant helps pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition so you can start working, stay in work or start your own business. How much you can get depends on your circumstances. The money does not have to be paid back and does not affect your benefits.

Funding and grants available for disabled students


As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:

  • long-term health condition
  • mental health condition
  • specific learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia

You may find helpful information in the Resources section of Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) or visiting Disability Rights UK - Student FAQ

Working Families have produced a guide - From Child to Adult: A guide to disability, transition and family finances – updated 2014 about how family finances affected when a disabled child becomes an adult?  You can find more information and download the PDF here.