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Pathways to Employment

 What is Pathways to Employment?

This programme is designed to promote employability skills to allow students to move onto specific vocational courses at L1/2 and/or employment/training opportunities.

The course aims to give students working at this level a stepping stone between school and much wider vocational choices. It allows students to develop transferable work and personal skills, which will help them to achieve their aspirations for the future. It also allows students to take time to make decisions about their preferred vocational pathway.

What Will You Study?

You will focus on Employability Skills, building on transferable skills such as communication, organisation, teamwork and leadership. You will be able to undertake a work familiarisation programme with a local employer and there will be vocational tasters in Horticulture, Animal Care, Hospitality or Health and Social Care, to support career exploration. Students will be supported to develop their interpersonal skills and coping strategies with work/life balance.

All students will undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment and work within the appropriate level in order to progress.

What Next?

Students are supported to explore options for transition which include Further Education programmes, employment and training.

Some students have had the opportunity to continue to study at Cardinal Newman College on a Level 2 course where appropriate. Others have moved to other Colleges to undertake vocationally specific courses at L1/2 in areas such as Animal care, Sport, Horticulture and Catering. This can then lead to apprenticeships and employment.

We have strong links with the supported employment service which can support students with difficulties and disabilities into employment through carefully managed programmes with local employers.

Entry Requirements: Students must be working at Entry Level 3 or above (equivalent to GCSE grade E and below) for Level 1 and have a funded EHCP. Priority will be given to students aged 16-18 as we are a Sixth Form College. The course provided at Cardinal Newman must meet the needs of the student as recorded in their EHCP.

NB: The course is a two year programme of study which will be reviewed on an annual basis. Any continuation of a place will be dependent on progress made and that the place remains funded.

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