- September 2020, Full Time
The programme asks students to be involved in identifying real life skills they will need, skills they already have and opportunities and experiences they need to equip them for coping with the wider world, whether that includes work or not. Skills that we focus on include:
Functional skills in English and Maths
There is a focus on employability skills but these will be general, for example, working with others, working to meet an agreed outcome and deadline, problem solving, decision making and above all communicating with others which should be transferable to situations within the world of work or elsewhere.
Students on the course currently take part in mini enterprises - preparing and delivering 'Veg Bags' to college customers and 'Bloom Tubes' (a service based in college for staff to have a small flower arrangement in their office each week). They also have the opportunity to take part in horticulture activities, growing flowers and plants to sell.
Appropriate levels of support will be in place but progressively we will work throughout the year to enable students to be less dependent on support to achieve realistic targets.
Students attend College for three days each week, 9am - 4pm. Group sizes are normally limited to eight students.
Why Our College?
Experience work and networking
Our business, admin and customer service students get real experience of work and networking opportunities with local businesses.
Our students go on to a wide range of employment and apprenticeship opportunities, and are very well prepared for university level courses
Expert teaching staff
Our teaching staff are industry professionals, with real experience of working within their sector
There are no formal entry requirements for this course and acceptance will be subject to an interview.
To acquire work-related skills to enable progression onto another college Enterprise course or work placement such as Project Search.
To eventually gain paid/voluntary employment, work placement or progression onto another course.
Assessment is informal and ongoing. There is a possibility that students will take qualifications in Functional Skills in Maths and English. Assessment will take the form of a short test.
Students may stay within Supported Learning and progress to one of vocationally themed Supported Learning Skills courses. We would also support students in progression to other provision or to services outside college.
Students may progress to MINT which offers support through job searching and coaching to allow students with a barrier to employment to progress into the world of work. Students should have completed a work-placement prior to being referred.
Students will need to have successfully applied for and received funding.