College, work and preparing for adulthood

In this section you can find information on education, employment and training opportunities if you are aged between 16 - 25.

The Government says you need to be either in education, employment or training until you are 18 years of age with support being offered up to the age of 25.  The range of options and support available for young people with additional needs are:

  •  Staying in full-time education.
  •  Start an Apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is paid employment with educational training to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships can generally last between 1 to 5 years, are available in a wide range of industries and can gain different levels of qualifications.
  • Start a Traineeship. A traineeship is all about work preparation training. It is designed to help young people who want to get into the world of work or an apprenticeship but lack the skills or experience to do so. Traineeships are for a maximum of 6 months and unpaid although help with education related costs might be available from a 16 - 19 Bursary Fund.
  • Be in employment or volunteering for at least 20 hours a week whilst in part-time education or training.
  • Start a Supported Internship. A supported internship is designed specifically for young people with a statement of SEND or an Educational and Health Care Plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace. They last for a minimum of 6 months and are unpaid although young people may be eligible for the Access to Work Fund.

For information and support please contact Children & Family Services:

Telephone:  01720 424490  Email:

Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NA.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 7.45pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm

Alternatively you can speak to our dedicated Isles of Scilly Learning and Skills Assistant, Trish Peacock:

Telephone: 01720 424449 Email:

Access to full-time education is only available on the mainland. Details of post 16  full-time education providers in cornwall can be found on the Cornwall Local Offer site. The other options available to young people aged 16 - 24, listed above, can involve structured study and work experience on the mainland or on the Isles of Scilly.

Other options might be to attend a State Boarding School from the age of 16.  Details of State Boarding schools can be found on the State Boarding School Association site.  Each school will have its own SEND policy.


There are various financial support options available to young people who want to acccess further education, employment or training. To find out more information about financial support please visit: gov or Scilly Works

You can also speak to your local Family Information and Access Assistants:

RuthFeatherstone: Telephone 01720 424425 /  Email:

Julie Love: Telephone: 01720 424419 / Email:

You may be eligible for support from Adult Social Care. They may be able to help you find somewhere to live independently.

As a student with a disability studying in Higher Education, you may be eligible for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).  Details of how to apply for the DSA can be found here.

Post-16 Transport policy statement

In order to support students studying in post-16 education, the Council of the Isles of Scilly publishes an annual Post 16 Transport Policy statement that details how students can access funds to support their further education.