This course is a structured, full time study programme that helps young adults with SEN or an EHCP to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace. You will undertake a work placement with a relevant local employer for a minimum of 10 hours a week across the academic year (inclusive of usual academic holidays to give a real experience of work).
You will also receive regular, ongoing job coach support which is tailored to each person and we match employment options to your skills.
In addition to this, you will also attend College one day a week to work on your English and Mathematics skills, review your progress and develop your employability skills.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 9387 9999 Ext 4794.
No formal qualifications are required for this course however, a commitment and desire to work is essential, as is a recent record of work/voluntary experience.
As well as your ongoing work placement, HSDC offers a variety of teaching and learning approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, visits, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the HSDC student portal (MyHSDC).
Your job coach will work with you, initially during your placement, to provide support in undertaking any duties required. They will also liaise with you and your employer for the duration to ensure progress is being made. 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.
Assessment will be through a process of observations, employer reviews and target setting based on consistent attendance at your workplace and at College.
Possible progression routes include, paid work (full or part time), traineeship, apprenticeship, voluntary work and further training in work preparation skills.
Over the last three years we have worked with over 30 local employers including Waitrose, Blue Reef Aquarium, B&M stores, Havant Borough Council, Greggs and many others.
We organise visits to local employers and invite employers to come in and speak to the interns or run mock interviews.
Before I started the internship I didn’t feel I was able to work. Now I have overcome my biggest fears such as, speaking to the public and I am now doing public talks in the aquarium. My confidence has grown so much. I couldn’t have achieved this without this opportunity.