Is this course right for me?
This course is specifically designed for individuals who have potentially spent a year or more in Pathways and are now ready to progress forward into the world of work. The course is for learners who want to gain paid employment but need to develop their employability skills prior to moving onto a supported internship or Pathways 2 work.
This introductory programme is based around practical skills and preparing individuals for employment in their chosen vocational area. Learners will spend a term in a supported employment placement to enable them to gain skills they can transfer to other areas of work. Although the course enables learners to focus on employability skills, these will be generic, for example, team work, learning new routines, following instructions, communicating in the workplace, problem solving, decision making, quality of work and meeting deadlines. These are all transferable skills within the world of work or elsewhere. It supports learners to recognise and begin to develop the skills they will need, to equip them for the future, whether that includes work or not. Skills that are focused on include:
- Preparing themselves for the world of work
- Employability skills development
- Identifying jobs that are available within specific sectors
- Specific vocational skills
- Confidence building
- Effective communication skills
- Increased independence
- Developing self-awareness, own strengths and aptitude through vocational profiling
- Maths and English sessions
- Work towards independent travel training.
Each employ-ability pathway is a personalised programme with a focus on preparation for the future beyond college, specialising in the following vocational areas: Hospitality and catering. Land based studies Care ICT
What options are there after completing this course?
As in all courses at Central Beds College, there is a focus on progression and the course aims to prepare for their next step into work whether this is a supported Internship or onto Pathways 2 work.
Coming to College is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to College and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team.
We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish which you can see here (link). We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.