What is a Traineeship?

The Traineeship is a unique programme that combines education and training. The programme equips students with qualifications and work experience to enable them to be work ready.

Who is the programme for?

If you are between 19 and 24 years and would like to access further training and employment, but have little or no previous experience of work, then this is a great programme for you. The programme runs for three days per week. You will be in college one day per week (9.30am-3pm) and at a work placement two days per week.

What are the entry requirements?

You need to have a keen interest in your chosen trade or job. We would like to meet you for an assessment before you join us at college to make sure this is the right programme for you and to talk about how we can focus your learning around your chosen area of interest.

To apply you will need to ask your Local Authority to discuss with Orchard Hill College. Applicants need to be working at Entry Level 3 maths and English (or above). Those without an EHCP will need to be in receipt of benefits to qualify for funding.

About the programme

Our practical programmes have been designed to prepare you for adulthood. You will learn skills to start you on your pathway to work.

Choose your vocation in an area that you have a keen interest in. We have have previously had work experience placements in many areas including:

  • Animal Care
  • Construction
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Hairdressing and Barbering
  • Horticulture
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Retail
  • Schools/childcare settings

If you are interested in a different career, we will support you to work in the industry of your choice. We will also prepare you for work, supporting you with:

  • CV writing
  • Applying for a job
  • Interview skills
  • Building confidence and self esteem
  • How to communicate in a work situation
  • Working as a group
  • Budgeting

You will work towards achieving an award in:

  • Skills for Employment Entry Level 3 – Level 1
  • Personal Development Entry Level 3 – Level 1
  • Work Preparation Level 2 accreditation
  • You will develop Functional Skills maths and English.

Here’s how we will achieve it together

You will have a teaching team delivering the programme along with a Job Coach to support you with work preparation and employability skills. Maths and English qualifications will be undertaken if not already achieved at Level 2. Other specialist support will be provided as appropriate. Traineeships are offered in our colleges centres in Southwark, Sutton, Hillingdon and Kingston. Outcome On completion of the programme, you may have opportunities for paid employment or entry to an Apprenticeship or Further Education.

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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