What will I be doing?
The main focus of the programme is to develop and acquire specific transferable skills required in the world of work and take part in a meaningful work placement which matches your aspirations within the local community. Students participating in this programme will have an aspiration to work in the future and be willing to take part in a work experience placement.
They will also want to develop the following skills further, including:
– using initiative
– building positive relationships with others
– sharing their experiences with others
– learning to accept that others are different
Students who are currently unable to travel independently may also be interested in travel training in the future as this will support them to work in the future.
You will be timetabled for the following subjects:
Tutorial – with your Personal Tutor covering planning for the week, news and events, and topics important for personal development and well-being.
English and Maths - students will be assessed and, where possible, will work towards achieving either Functional Skills qualifications or GCSEs.
Work Experience - we have developed a wide range of internal and external work placement opportunities and will try to meet your aspirations and interests where possible.
Employability Skills - you will continue to develop the skills that will help you find work in the future such as timekeeping, following instructions, independent and team work, decision making and problem solving, searching and applying for jobs, and more.
Educational Visits and Guest Speakers - designed to give students the opportunity to gain a wider knowledge of the real working environment and promote student well-being relevant to employability.
Reviews - you will have three reviews throughout the year to discuss your progress with your Personal Tutor. For students with an EHCP, one of these reviews will include a review of your EHCP outcomes.
You will work towards achieving individual personal and work-related targets to help you to achieve future long-term goals and aspirations. If you have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan your targets will be developed in conjunction with the EHC plan outcomes. You will build up a portfolio of written work and photographs/videos which will be used, along with observation, to assess your progress towards achieving the Certificate in Employability at Entry Level 3.
At your interview we would expect you to independently demonstrate the following skills and abilities in order for you to meet the requirements of this programme. Essential skills that we are looking for are:
– having a level of understanding which means you can take part in discussions in classroom with staff and peers
– being able to follow 1 – 2 step instructions
– being able to communicate own needs to others
– being able to make choices between at least three given options
– an ability to carry out some tasks independently
– willingness to participate in a variety of tasks
Acceptance on the programme will be determined by an application, an interview with college staff and, where necessary, an observation in a familiar setting or reference from your current education provider.
Students on this programme are likely to have an intended destination of further learning such as Independent Work Skills or a Supported Internship and/or work in the future. Progression for further learning will be reviewed on an individual basis.