Places are still available on our Supported Internship starting in September 2021, in partnership with London Borough of Sutton.

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Pathway to Employment

Who is the programme for?

If you are over the age of 19 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 to 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.

The programme runs for up to three days per week. 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 ask your Local Authority to consult with Orchard Hill College. Applicants without an EHCP must 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 adulthood. 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 find work. We have work experience/ voluntary placements in many areas including:

  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Retail
  • Childcare and schools
  • Animal Care
  • Construction
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Hairdressing and Barbering

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

You will work towards awards in:

  • Work Preparation Level 2
  • Skills for Employment Entry 2/Level 1
  • Personal Development Entry 2/Level 1
  • Functional Skills maths and English is optional.

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. 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. Our Pathway to Employment programme is offered in our college centres in Southwark, Sutton, Hillingdon and Kingston.


Functional Skills maths and English is embedded throughtout the programme. 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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