Jodie – from ‘Into Work’ student to paid employment
Jodie started the ‘Into Work’ programme in September 2016. She left college in July 2017 with a paid job and a qualification in ‘Personal Progress Entry 3 in English , Maths and Employability skills. Helen Dixon, her tutor on the course said “Jodie is an excellent example of how someone can access work, and be successful in the workplace.”
James – from an ‘Employability Taster Programme’ to Further Vocational Training
James joined the College in September 2016 and completed a Traineeship course. He now attends Lambeth College studying Level 1 Information and Technology. On James’s exit interview from college he said: “I enjoyed my time at College, I have learnt the skills I need to progress further in my career path. I am proud that I passed my Maths and English exams as I did not have any qualifications. I will miss my friends, job coach and teacher but I can always contact them if I need advice.”
Rory – from Traineeship Course to Apprenticeship
Rory joined the Traineeship course in September 2016, seeking to gain paid employment. Towards the end of the course he began to apply for apprenticeships and with the help of his job coach, he secured an apprenticeship with Streatham Common Co-operative. Workplace Manager, Oliver, said “Rory has been an outstanding success and we are really proud of him. He has been able to complete an accredited course, and develop the skills and confidence to now access and contribute in a work scheme. “
Brogan – from Building Skills for Independence course to Supported living
Brogan joined the Orchard Hill College (OHC) Building Skills for Independence course (BSI) in January 2014. She wanted to be as independent as possible and the College supported her to develop the confidence to take part in her local community. Brogan has now joined several local well-being schemes and she is a happy, healthy and enjoys being supported to make decisions in her own life and home. Rosy, her lecturer, said “ Brogan is so happy and loved coming to college to learn and do things on her own. We are very proud of how she has progressed in her new home and community”
Lucas – from ‘Into Work’ student to Volunteering
Lucas is in his final year at college, studying Building Skills for Independence (BSI) course. At the start of his course, he worked successfully on developing his skills on an horticultural taster programme, and then progressed to a voluntary placement at Vauxhall City farm. He can now work independently cleaning animal houses, feeding animals and using tools around the farm. The farm have extended his placement to every one morning every week and whilst he completes accredited qualifications in work and basic skills that will hopefully lead to future part paid employment.
George – from College to contributing and working on a community project
George is a very sociable young man with complex learning difficulties and disabilities and has been at the College for 3 years. From being a shy young man who found it hard to work with other staff in and out of the College, George has been supported to access and contribute to a range of independent and community related schemes.
George now works with a PA on a local assistive scheme in the Surrey area, and has progressed to accessing classes at Kingston’s specialist Enhancable centre. George has also taken part in a local Library scheme where he has contributed to the making of social stories (with tactile items) to donate to the libraries.
Rebecca, Head of College Centre, said “ we are very proud of how George is supporting others with disabilities in his community “George has made amazing progress and genuinely enriched his own life whilst in college and the lives of others’.
Georgina – progression to further education and working in the community
Georgina left Orchard Hill College in July 2017. In her 3 years she made significant progress in the development of her life skills in the community and vocational skills linked to work. After successfully enrolling on an entry into retail course at Entry 2 at Lambeth College, Georgina is making good progress on the course and is working in a supermarket near her home.