Supported learning, training and working

New Directions

Reading’s Adult Learning and Employment Service has a Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. A range of Supported Learning opportunities and help for people with additional learning needs is available, including specialist equipment, adaptations and Learner Support Workers.

New Directions


Most colleges provide specialist courses and/or support to help people with disabilities.

Find courses

Help with costs

  • Advanced Learning Loans – You can apply for a loan to cover the costs of your course fees if you are aged 19+ and are studying an eligible course at Level 3 to 6 (including A levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates and Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships);
  • Bursary Fund – Help with some costs while studying – like classroom assistance, childcare and travel.

Further details on advanced learning loans –

Training and working

Help with costs

If you have a disability, health or mental health condition, you may be able to apply for an Access to Work Grant to pay for practical support to help you start working, stay in work, move into self-employment or start a business.

Jobcentre Plus

Specialist disability employment advisers providing advice and support to help people with disabilities into work.

Visit Adelphi House (Friar Street, Reading RG1 1HD) or call 0800 169 0190.


Specialist advice and support for young people with special needs up to the age of 25 years.

Visit Elevate Reading Hub, (Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ), or call 0845 408 5060 / 0118 402 7177.

Last updated on 11/05/2020