Course Title Pre-Internship
Level: EL
Code Y771

Overview of the Course

This is a course for students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities who are considering employment. You will develop and acquire specific transferable skills required in the competitive world of work and take part in a meaningful internal and external work placement which match your aspirations and are within your local community.

What are the career opportunities?

Pre Internship is part of our Employment Pathway and provides the opportunity to gain work experience by participating in longer and meaningful internal and external work placement. Furthermore, you will be able to work in the Smart Shop and through the work experience gained on the course you will be able to seriously explore and discuss your working aspirations. Further progression can lead to additional courses that focus on employment and Supported Internships.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is subject to interview and school/college reference, an EHCP (if applicable) and initial assessments. You must be working at entry level. You should be seriously interested in working and undertaking work experience placements. The curriculum is tailored around the student group and individual outcomes.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The curriculum is tailored around the student group and individual outcomes, with the focus on improving and promoting working aspirations and employability skills. You will have the opportunity to gain an NOCN Award in Employability at Entry 3. You will also study English and maths and dependent on individual assessment results could gain a Functional Skills or Stepping Skills Qualification at an appropriate level. Possible units of study include: Health and safety in the Work place, Team working, Induction to work, Action Planning in the Workplace to Improve Performance, Using Writing Skills in the Workplace. Assessment in a variety of ways including: Photographic evidence, Observation/witness statements, Some written work, Tutor statements.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will gain specific and transferable employability skills during the course by completing two different placements, these may include working as part of a team customer services, data input, using the telephone, serving customers using a till and handling money. You will also develop skills in solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of the course. You will be supported to partake in a longer and meaningful internal or external work experience placement in your chosen area, enabling you to gain the necessary and required employment skills sought after by employers and actively decide on a career path.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in drama, youth club and sport enrichment sessions. These sessions are optional.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There will be trips and visits to develop you both socially and academically. There will be additional costs for these.


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