How do I apply?

To join the Switch Now training programme there are no qualification requirements. Each potential co-worker at Switch Now will undergo an initial assessment and complete taster sessions, to ensure the programme is right for them and that they are aware of the potential outcomes and expectations from them.

The cost depends on your circumstances. We may be able to help you to apply for grants or funding you may be eligible for. Typical routes are listed below. Please get in touch to enquire and obtain a registration form.

Educational Health Care Plan (Switch Now is a recognised alternative education provider)

We will need to see a copy of the Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) as well as any relevant documents such as a behaviour plan or reviews (these can usually be obtained by the Local Authority).​ We liaise with the Additional Needs Pathway Advisors and the Stautory Assessment Team.

The paperwork will be reviewed by Switch Now and a meeting / visit will be arranged between relevant parties. After this, we will plan taster sessions. If it’s decided at this stage that Switch Now cannot meet an individual’s needs, a professional judgement and alternative guidance will be given by Switch Now.

Once the taster sessions have been completed, a local authorities panel decision will happen to see if Switch Now can meet the needs. If a placement offer is agreed, a funding application will be submitted to Cambridgeshire County Council Panel by Switch Now where the final decision to attend will be made.

Switch Now can offer a 3 day full-time education programme or part-time to link with other providers. This can be tailored to the individual’s needs.

If the Local Authority panel decision is successful, then Switch Now will confirm the programme start date. If the panel decision is unsuccessful, then you would need to seek advice from the Additional Needs Pathway Team.​

Social care needs (Learning Disability Partnership, Young Adults and Autism team, Direct Payments)

We will send out a registration form and arrange a meeting / visit between relevant parties.

After the meeting / visit has taken place, if Switch Now would meet the young person’s needs, planned taster sessions and assessments will be arranged.

Once the taster sessions have been competed, a social worker or the Adult & Autism Team would be involved to apply for funding. 

If funding is agreed a start date will be confirmed.

Other routes

Please make contact with us and we will try and signpost you to the support you need.