Pathway to Employment

Who is the programme for?

If you are over the age of 16 years old and would like to explore work opportunities and gain skills for employment in your local area, this is the programme for you. It is all about developing your work, social and digital skills, increasing your confidence and independence and supporting you gain more confidence in your work skills. Pathway to Employment is a great programme to introduce you to work and support you to sustain employment.

This programme runs for up to three days per week, 9.30am to 3.30pm. The programme is made up of time in College and time in a work placement.

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 who are over 24 will need to be in receipt of benefits 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 the next exciting steps in your life. You will learn skills to start you on your pathway to work and develop your independent living skills. We will work with you to find out your different career options, and we will support you to work in an industry of your choice. We have had work experience/voluntary placements in many areas such as the following:

  • Animal Care and farming
  • Building Maintenance
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Childcare and schools
  • Hairdressing and Barbering
  • Motor Maintenance
  • Retail/hospitality

You will also have opportunities to:

  • Work with new people
  • Take part in work taster sessions, supported or paid employment in your local area
  • Develop your practical and social skills in work and local community environments
  • Get involved in local community enterprise projects and volunteering schemes
  • Explore ways to make new friends in a safe environment
  • Develop your digital skills for life and work

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

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, employability skills and in your work experience placement. Maths and English are embedded in the programme content and there is the opportunity to work towards accredited qualifications. Other specialist support will be provided as appropriate.


  • Employment
  • Apprenticeship
  • FE Vocational course

Our Pathway to Employment programme is offered in a safe setting at our centres in Southwark, Sutton, Hillingdon and Kingston.


Throughout the programme we will support you with embedding functional maths and English. We will develop your core skills in: Communication, problem solving, thinking skills, digital skills, independence and mobility, work skills, managing change and resilience.

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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