Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

HOP Into Your Future

Widening access to work tasters and work experience opportunities for young people aged 16-24 in Hertfordshire with learning difficulties and/or disabilities

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What is HOP Into Your Future?

HOP Into Your Future is an exciting new programme for young people who are:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Not in education, employment or training
  • Have a learning difficulty and/or disability and had an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) when they were at school or college
  • Hertfordshire residents and eligible to work in the UK

Full suitability and eligibility criteria will be discussed when you contact us or make a referral. Please see below for how to get in touch with us about this programme. 

What is involved?

  • Up to 12 hours of work tasters, tailored to the young person's areas of interest
  • The opportunity to access a 70-hour work experience placement following a taster session
  • An allocated Supported Employment Adviser to ensure a successful placement
  • The opportunity for the 70-hour placement to be converted into an employment trial or apprenticeship
  • The chance to develop knowledge and employability skills in a real work environment

Employability skills are important for doing well in any job and employers look for them during job interviews.

The skills include things like being motivated, taking initiative, being reliable, organised and adaptable. They also involve being able to communicate and work well with others as part of a team.

Where is the programme delivered?

The programme is being delivered across Hertfordshire. Initial support is provided by Services for Young People Advisers either face-to-face or virtually, followed by placements in the workplace.

Contact us to find out more


Young people can visit their local SfYP young people's centre or complete this form and we'll get in touch:

We ask for this information so we can contact you. 
To find out how we look after your personal data please read our Data Protection information.

Refer a young person to the HOP Into Your Future programme

Parents/carers and professionals who work with young people can refer a young person to the programme either by completing the above form or by completing the HOP Into Your Future referral form and emailing it to