Steps into Work (Pre-Supported Internship)


pre-supported intern operating a bed hoist with two care workers

Availability & Details

Steps into Work (Pre-Internship) SF-EMSKEL-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

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This full time course is aimed at helping prepare you for work through enterprise activities, work experience and employer visits, as well as developing your employability, English and maths skills in the classroom.

As part of your course you will be expected to take part in regular work experience (one day a week) either within the College setting or another voluntary organisation or business, to develop your confidence and skills in the workplace. This will be arranged by the job coaches and agreed with you.

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded Hampshire SEND Employability Hub status. We are looking to take on a cohort of Year 11 students through a specialist, individualised programme where the outcome is paid employment. If you are interested in applying to be on our SEND Employability Programme or for more information, contact Helen Robinson – or 023 9387 9999 Ext 4794.

No qualifications or experience are required for this course, however students must have employment as their main focus and have a desire to work.

  • Employability skills – learning about what employers expect, your own skills and qualities and customer service.
  • Team building and problem-solving – setting up and running enterprise events e.g. craft sales to build these essential skills. This class take place off-site at MAKE (Aldingbourne Trust) in Fratton which you will go to each week by minibus from College.
  • English Maths Tutorial

HSDC offers a variety of teaching and learning approaches including taught sessions, tutorials, practical workshops, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the HSDC student portal (MyHSDC). Job coach sessions will include visits to local workplaces, employer talks, interview skills and CV building.

Students will complete a range of projects and assignments to produce a portfolio of work that will be assessed and marked by the lecturer. Realistic but stretching targets will be set and reviewed throughout the placement. You will be supported in all College classes via the use of Academic and Learning Support Assistants where needed and the use of any learning aids or assistive technology as required.

Some possible options for progression when you finish this course include a Supported Internship, paid work, voluntary work and further supported employment training.

We have excellent links with local employers who welcome us on visits, including Staunton Country Park, The Village Hotel and Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student