Through the schools Person Centred approach to planning, pupils are able to articulate their dreams and aspirations for their futures and adult life. For some pupils, their clear aspiration is to enter the world of work. We are aiming to raise people’s aspirations to gain future employment. It is the college aspiration for young people leaving ETC to access some form of paid employment where appropriate.
From KS4 teachers plan and work collaboratively to deliver a Work Experience and Work Related Learning programme in line with Devon’s Preparing for Adulthood framework (see ‘Work Experience that Works :A Practical Guide to Employers and Education Providers to Support Young People with SEND into Meaningful Work Experience’).
The Work Related Learning and Work Experience Programmes (linked to the Education and Employment PFA Pathway) are planned by KS4 & 5 leads, based upon current needs, individual targets and links to individual EHCPs.
To support this goal, we have created our ‘Pathway to Employment’. Our Pathway to Employment consists of 4 strands:
Work related learning: This is the foundation stage where young people have their first experience of the world of work. This provides meaningful work related learning opportunities both on and off site. These will be delivered in paired and small group situations. This may be appropriate to begin at year 9 dependent upon the young person.
Experiential work experience: where a young person accesses up to 6 short periods of work experience to broaden their understanding of the world of work, and to inform future study options i.e. “up to 6 short periods of work experience or other work-related learning to test out vocational ideas connected to future study options, such as a study visit, projects and engagement with local enterprise”. This will begin at years 10 & 11 dependent upon the young person
The vocational model: where a young person is matched to an employer linked to their longer -term employment aspirations. With a clear development plan in place, they layer up the skills needed to do the job. This is often undertaken one or two days a week, for an extended period of time. This will begin at year 12 dependent upon the young person
Preparation for The extended model: This is a part of a structured study programme, where the student is based primarily with an external employer for extended work placement, (intended to help students obtain sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills for work through learning in the workplace).