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 18 and 24 years (with an EHCP) or 19+ (without and EHCP) 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?
Applicants need to be working at Entry 3 maths and English (or above). 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 (if over 24) 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 programmes have 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.
We will support you to work in an industry of your choice. You choose your vocation in an area that you have a keen interest in working, some examples include:
- Animal Care/farming
- Building Maintenance
- Catering and Hospitality
- Schools/childcare settings
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
You will work towards achieving an accreditation. Where applicable, you will learn English and maths Entry Level 3 – Level 2 as a separate programme and an exam will be taken at the end of the academic year.
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 at college venues in Sutton, Southwark, Kingston and Hillingdon areas.
Opportunities for full time paid employment or entry to an Apprenticeship/Further Education vocational.
We have some amazing partnerships in our local communities who provide great work placement opportunities, here are just a few:
Beanies Cafe, Ronald McDonald House, Wandsworth Oasis, The British Red Cross, Be Enriched, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Danni Building Services, Walworth Garden Farm, Premier Inn, Financial Times, British Heart Foundation, Peppers Delicatessen, Wyevale Garden Centre, David Weir Leisure Centre, Mind, Tara Theatre, GCDA Catering, The Dragon Café, Menders Club, Kingston Advocacy Group, The Children’s Society, Peabody Trust, Juno Glass Ltd, Kid’s City, The Salvation Army., ASDA, Waitrose, Block and Bar.