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Towards Employability


Type: Full Time

Subject: Entry Level and Supported Learning


Start Date: 02 September 2019

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year


Entry Level to Level 1

Who is it for

This subject is ideal for any learner with additional learning needs or disabilities, who would like to improve and maintain some of the basic employment skills in order to enter the world of work or voluntary work. We will look at health and safety rules at work, managing your finances, help you to build a CV and identify job opportunities and suitable careers as well as talk about how you can apply for these jobs. It is suggested as a suitable prelude to our Supported Internship course.

What will I need

There are no entry requirements for the course. However you cannot study below your current minimum level qualification.

What is covered

The many facets of Employability, giving you the opportunity to practice and improve skills such as:
•Dealing with problems in the workplace
•Maintaining workplace standards of appearance and conduct
•Workplace rights and responsibilities
•Personal finance awareness
•Creating a CV and completing job application forms
•Researching jobs and voluntary employment in your area
•Recognising and developing your skills and qualities

We also cover English, numeracy and teamwork skills.

What else is included?
The following additional subjects are built into your course:

Independent Living Skills
This element of the timetable is an opportunity to develop skills for living independently. The department uses our timber–framed house; a domestically kitted out building with two kitchens, bathroom and bedroom to practice a range of skills, including:

•Cooking a range of snacks and meals
•Washing, drying, and ironing
• Correct storage of food and cleaning items
•Household chores and cleaning: such as hoovering, sweeping, cleaning appliances and dusting.

Sports and Competition
We offer a sports/competition morning once a week in addition to your normal timetable. During the sports session you will have the opportunity to follow a number of activities which may include football, hockey, rounders, and a wide variety of indoor games and activities. There are also competition activities in which learners compete as part of a House team to win points throughout the year. The activities included range from group sports to team building and puzzles/challenges.

We have great IT facilities, incorporating tablets, laptops and large, touch screen PC's with software and hardware to specifically cater for different learning needs that students may have. As well as specific sessions once a week, IT is embedded into other aspects of the study programme, to help learners build their skills and confidence in this area.

Tutorial sessions once a week are in place to introduce learners to topics such as British Values, equality and diversity and a range of issues linked to health, safety and wellbeing. A different theme is explored each week, and the sessions are often a chance for creative activities, discussion, and student–led debate. Students also agree targets in these sessions.

What can this course lead to

Following the course you have several options. Moving onto a supported internship is the suggested progression, however the following are also possible: 

• Continue on the next level of study available in Inclusive Learning
• Move onto a mainstream course in the College
• Voluntary or paid employment
• More independent living

Are there any additional costs

Educational trips, approximately £25 per year.

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