Course Title Work Wise
Level: EL
Code Y196

Overview of the Course

This is a course for those who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It is for you if you who wish to develop work awareness with a view to future potential supported employment. Students on this course will run the Smart Café and help in the Smart Shop.

What are the career opportunities?

Work Wise is part of our Employment Pathway and provides the opportunity to gain work experience in the Smart Shop, the Smart Café and participate in activities involved in fundraising. Further progression can lead to additional courses which focus on employment including Workability, Pre-Internship and Supported Internship.

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 M8/Entry Level. You should be interested in gaining work skills.

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. You will have the opportunity to gain an AIM Entry Level Certificate in Work Skills. 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 Assessment is captured 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 transferable employability skills during the course, these may include working as part of a team, customer service, communicating with customers 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

You will have the opportunity to gain meaningful internal work experience in the Smart Shop and Smart Café. Where appropriate, you may progress onto other independent living or work based entry-level programmes.

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 your social and academic skills. There will be additional costs for these.

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