Skills for Life & Work

Preparation for Work - Q021

Oval Campus Full Time Level 1 Duration 36 weeks

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If you wish to develop a range of skills needed by employers then this is the course for you. You will work with other students to run an enterprise, developing your communication skills, numeracy and team working skills from which you can progress to a level 1 course. The course runs over three days and times may vary according to personal timetables.

Students will take part in work experience with the plan to gain employment further down their career path.

You will work towards an Award qualification after you have completed an assessment.

Course Details
  • Are you a school leaver or Vocational Options student with additional support needs?
  • Do you wish to develop your skills in an adult and supportive environment?
  • Do you wish to taste different types of vocational subjects?
  • Do you have the ability to demonstrate Health and Safety rules?

This is a one year course aimed at young adults/school leavers with additional support needs who are referred through a Careers Officer or Vocational Options.

Subjects include:

  • Numeracy
  • English
  • Information Technology
  • Communication
  • Enterprise
  • Skills for Work
  • Food Hygiene

The course runs for 3 days per week and in addition, students take part in work experience. A taster in a vocational area may be arranged to support your progression.

You will be encouraged to make choices, solve everyday problems and take responsibility for your actions so that you can develop your confidence, maturity and independence. In order to progress to a level 1 (or alternative) course or employment.

During the course:

  • You will be encouraged to travel independently and attend a residential course.
  • You will work towards your individual learning goals and by the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to achieve: The Skills for Working Life Certificate, C & G Adult Certificate in Literacy and Numeracy Entry 1, 2, or 3 or higher as well as College certificates for personal achievements.
Entry Guidelines

No formal qualifications are required, although you should be working at Level 1 of the Adult Core Curriculum and have the skills to follow all Health and Safety rules in college.

You should show a commitment to develop your vocational skills, and have the potential to develop your communication, literacy and numeracy skills in a practical/vocational context. You should also be able to demonstrate E2 ICT skills in order to develop an E portfolio.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Additional Information

All learners will be interviewed and complete a Maths and English assessment.

You will be expected to work as part of a team and take part in planning and problem solving and show commitment through attendance and participation.

We will offer you an initial interview and assessment to identify your needs and regular reviews and individual action plans will take place each term.

We encourage the involvement of your family and/or carers to help you to develop your confidence in everyday situations. You will be supported by a personal tutor, learning support worker and adapted materials, to meet individual learning needs.

At entry 3 level learners will particpate in an enterprise e.g. Catering.

Learners at level 1 currently can particiapte in a Sports based programme based at the Oval campus.

Where can I progress to?

Progression to vocational courses, Skills for Life and Work courses, training schemes or voluntary work.

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Starting 1st September 2021 - Ending - 24th June 2022

REF Q021N001

If you are aged 16-18:

This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

If you are aged 19 or over:

Please see our fees & discounts leaflet.

This course is FREE if you are - aged 19+ and live in the Liverpool City Region. If you are aged 19+ and live outside the Liverpool City Region, you are unemployed/in receipt of eligible benefits, or in work earning less than £17,004 annual gross salary, or you are aged 19-23 and have not already achieved a full level 2 qualification, this course is FREE. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2020-21.

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