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Preparation for Supported Employment

Subject Area

Skills for Independence, Life & Work

Student Type

Students aged 16-18

Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type


What is the course about?

The Preparation for Supported Employment course is a programme of study that is specifically designed to help 16–24-year-olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan to gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in the world of work.

Preparation for Supported Employment combines work experience with the wider college environment and involves studying employability skills as well as English and maths. You will also have access to a tutorial focussing on soft skills such as people skills, communication skills and social skills.

As part of your course, you will take part in work experience at The Novel Bite Café in Winsford Library. This is a fully operational public catering establishment run by staff and students from Warrington & Vale Royal College. This placement may run for the whole academic year and will introduce you to various job roles. Whilst on duty, you will be recognised as a member of staff and will be able to develop your skills in a familiar environment. It is expected that students who demonstrate confidence in working may go on to experience a different role outside of college, in which they will be fully supported. There may also be opportunities to access work placements in different college departments such as catering and reception, as well as technician roles in hair and beauty, IT, and facilities.

Why should I choose the course?

If you have a learning disability/learning difficulty and have a real willingness to learn more about the working world but don’t yet feel ready to work with an external employer, this programme is suitable for you. Every aspect of the course is specially adapted to maximise your skills and abilities so that you can engage in the workplace and feel confident in your abilities

What will I learn?

Preparation for Supported Employment combines work experience with time in the classroom to gain and improve skills in maths, English, and employability. You will gain an employability qualification and may also sit assessments in English and maths if appropriate.

Within the employability sessions and the workplace you will be introduced to:

  • Job searching, application methods and interview skills
  • Behaviours for working that include teamwork, workplace responsibilities and expectations
  • Confidence building, initiative and independence
  • Effective communication
  • Practical and organisational skills
  • Timekeeping and reliability.

Your job coach will support you throughout the work placement, helping you to learn the role and provide you with any other training that you may need. You will also have regular feedback from your tutors, who will set targets so that you can improve in all areas of your course.

What will the course lead on to?

After the course has finished, it is hoped that you will progress on to the Supported Internship programme, where you will work with an external employer for up to three days per week. Alongside this you will attend college to maintain your maths and English skills and develop your employability skills.

Are there any links with industry and university?

We have links to many employers across Warrington and previous students have completed placements at Warrington Borough Council, Amazon, IKEA, Nando’s, Ryfield Retirement Village, Warrington Wolves, local schools, charities, Novel Bite Café, and Warrington Market, to name but a few.

What support is available?

You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Warrington & Vale Royal College was the first provider in Warrington to offer Preparation for Supported Employment and Supported Internships. This means the college has many years of experience with supporting students and helping them secure successful outcomes. Previous students have progressed on to paid employment, voluntary positions, and further courses after their supported internship, equipped with the confidence, skills, and knowledge to succeed in the employment market.

We have an experienced and dedicated job coach who will be there to support you every step of the way. We have excellent student satisfaction, with 100% of learners saying they are happy with the course and would recommend it to a friend.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and be willing to experience the world of work.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

You may be required to purchase a uniform but applying for a bursary (if eligible) may be able to help fund this and pay towards travel expenses if required.

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Starts Sep 2023

36 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee

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