Preparation for Employment

Who is the programme for?

If you are between 19 and 24 years (with an EHCP) or 19+ (without an EHCP) and would like to be an active member of your community and increase your employability skills. This is the programme for you. It is all about developing your social skills, increasing your confidence and independence and gaining employability skills.

The programme runs for up to three days per week from 9.30am to 3pm.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants with an active EHCP will need to advise their local authority, who will need to discuss with the student placement manager at the college. Those without an EHCP will need to be in receipt of benefits and not be in full time employment to qualify for funding. We would like to meet you for an assessment before you join us at College. We want to make sure this is the right programme for you and talk about how we can focus your learning around your chosen area of interest.

About the programme

Our practical programme has been designed to prepare you for adulthood. There are different pathways offered on this programme they are;

  • Creative arts
  • Upcycling
  • Horticulture
  • Digital Media

Here’s how we will achieve it together

We want you to be as independent as possible and throughout your time with us we will support you to make new friends, try new things at College and in your local community.

  • We will support you to identify and access a range of social enterprise opportunities and community projects
  • Encourage you to make choices about which employment activities are best for you from those available

Our preparation for Employment is offered our college centres in Southwark, Sutton, Kingston and Hillingdon areas.


Functional Skills maths and English is embedded throughtout the programme. We will develop your core skills in: Communication, digital skills, and managing change and resilience.


On completion of the programme, you may have opportunities to join social enterprise schemes, community projects and volunteering. Accredited qualifications are offered in Creative Crafts Entry 1– Entry 3 and Employment, digital and community engagement Entry 3. A certificate of participation is awarded by Orchard Hill College at the end of the programme.

Click here to view our course flyer for Preparation for Employment

Outcomes for learners are outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment are excellent and the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.
Ofsted Report

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