Who is the programme for?
If you are between 19 and 25 years and would like to access further training and employment, but have little or no previous knowledge, then this is a great programme for you.
You will be in College 3 full days from 9.30am-3.00pm (1 day in College and 2 days in a work placement).
What are the entry requirements?
You need to have a keen interest in your chosen trade or job. We would like to meet you for an assessment before you join us at College to make sure this is the right programme for you and to talk about how we can focus your learning around your chosen area of interest. To apply, you will need to ask your Local Authority to consult with Orchard Hill College. You need to be working towards E3 maths and English (or above) and have no previous English and maths qualifications above Level 2/ GCSE grade 3. You must have an active EHCP.
About the programme
Our practical programmes have been designed to prepare you for the next exciting steps in your life. You will learn skills to start you on your pathway to work.
Choose your vocation in an area that you have a keen interest in; we have onsite training for:
- Animal Care
- Building Maintenance
- Catering and Hospitality
- Hairdressing and Barbering
- Motor Maintenance
If you are interested in a different career, we will support you to work in an industry of your choice.
We will also prepare you for work, supporting you with:
- CV writing
- Applying for a job
- Interview skills
- Building confidence and self esteem
- How to communicate in a work situation
- Working as a group
- Manging personal finances
You will work towards achieving your Skills for Employment Entry 3 – Level 2 accreditation. You will learn English and maths Entry 2 – Level 2 as separate programmes and an exam will be taken at the end of the academic year.
Here’s how we will achieve it together
You will have a teaching team delivering the programme and a teacher, job coach and a work placement manager to support you with work preparation and employability skills. Maths and English qualifications will be undertaken if not already achieved at Level 2. Other specialist support will be provided as appropriate.
Pre-Traineeships and Traineeships are offered at Green Man Skills Zone in Loughborough Junction, Nightingale Vocational Centre in Wandsworth, Vocational Progression Centre in Carshalton and Beaconsfield in New Malden.
Opportunities for paid employment or entry to an Apprenticeship/Further Education.
We have some amazing partnerships in our local communities who provide great work placement opportunities, here are just a few:
Beanie’s Cafe, Ronald McDonald House, Wandsworth Oasis, The British Red Cross, Be Enriched, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Danni Building Services, Walworth Garden Farm, Premier Inn, Financial Times, The British Heart Foundation, Pepper’s Delicatessens, Wyevale Garden Centre, Nightingale Community Academy, David Weir Leisure Centre, Mind, Tara Theatre, GCDA Catering, The Dragon Café, Menders Club, Kingston Advocacy, The Children’s Society, Peabody Trust, Juno Glass, Kids City, The Salvation Army