Work Skills Programs

Our Workskills programme is aimed at those who have had no experience of work or employment. It builds upon the key elements of developing underpinning work skills. 

This programme provides a variety of rich, meaningful learning opportunities. Students will learn new skills and build on their existing knowledge, become more independent, increase their confidence and apply these new skills in their lives.

Exploring Wider Work-Related Skills

Students studying on our Workskills programmes will develop their understanding of mental and physical wellbeing, making healthy decisions, appropriate social interaction, expectations and responsibilities as adults, equality and diversity, having high expectations of themselves and of others, and an understanding of their rights.

Work Skills and Industry Experiences

All students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of vocational activities that have been differentiated to ensure that they are accessible and inclusive. We use a range a of creative methods that promotes students’ enjoyment and fulfilment through participation, enquiry and experimentation, and provides opportunities for students to develop their cognitive skills, affective development, physical skills, personal and social competencies and their awareness of their cultural heritage, values and diversity.

When appropriate, students participate in supported industry tasters and employer visits to build upon their knowledge of the employment related skills and options.  Through our Vocational Subjects experiences for a student’s personal development as well as supporting them to consider supported work options where appropriate. For students looking to enter work, such placements can be key to developing work skills and demonstrating their ability for prospective employers.

Programme Aims

  • Promote and develop communication and social interaction skills
  • Develop and utilise independence skills
  • Develop skills in choice-making
  • Promote the importance of learner voice
  • Enable students to have a presence in and engage with their local community
  • Explore a range of work experience options and meaningful leisure activities
  • Develop self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence
  • Develop work skills and prepare for progression to supported employment and supported living

Functional Skills

Students develop their functional communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills, and work to ensure that they are able to transfer this learning into a range of meaningful contexts. We encourage students to establish positive social interactions with their peers and to apply their functional skills as they develop independence