How Our Access Programmes Support You With Entering Employment

Dec. 6, 2021, 6:01 p.m.
Our Access Programmes have been designed for young people ages 16 to 18 (or 19 to 24 with an EHCP) with the aim to provide essential personal development and employability skills so that you are fully prepared for the world of work.

This specialist programme offers a completely different way of learning that will not only help you kick-start a great career, but will help you achieve things you never thought possible and succeed in every aspect of your life. Our programme has been designed with engaging activities and sessions that replicate aspects of working life, it is nothing like school, sixth form or college.

Before completing our programme, you will have the option to specialise in Administration, Early Years or Sports Coaching. A general 'Access To Employment Programme' is also available for you if you are unsure of your career choice, or are looking for a career in a different sector.

This programme aims to ensure you have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience before entering the real working world. Below our team have listed 5 things our Access Programmes can help you with…

1. Personal & Social Development

Do you have low confidence and a lack of self-belief?

After leaving an education setting, it’s a common feeling to lack confidence around new people or in a new environment. Our programmes will encourage you to get involved with exciting activity based sessions which will push you to your limits! Sessions include: Posture and Articulation, Mindfulness and Team Building. All of these sessions will be pushing you to grow in confidence, engage with new people, test yourself and experience new things - preparing you for the real world of work.

2. Career Planning

Unsure of which job you’d like to do in the future?

This is often one of the hardest decisions we make as we progress out of education. During our 10-week Induction, you’ll work alongside our Tutors to research career options and plan your future steps to entering the world of work in a role you feel you’ll excel at. Following the Induction, you'll then be offered a valuable work experience placement with a real employer within your chosen sector, to support you with entering the working world. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience what your job role may be like, before committing to further education, training or employment.

3. Key Employability Skills

Throughout our Access Programme, you’ll be given specific training and opportunities to develop key employment skills such as; Timekeeping, Attendance, Punctuality, Positive Attitude, Desire to work and learn, Independence and Team Working. Our programme also includes specific sessions to help you develop skills that will support you through the application process of securing a job. Sessions include; CV Writing and Interview Skills.

Whilst on our programme, you’ll be attending a realistic work environment, where you’re required to attend on time, with a good attitude, and show respect to your colleagues and other members of staff. This programme is not like School, College or Sixth Form, and by treating our Training Centre like the working environment, you’ll be able to adjust to the working environment much easier.

4. Maths and English Qualifications

If you left Education without Maths and English GCSE grades, you’ll have the option to complete sessions that will lead up to re-taking the relevant qualifications you need to secure employment in your chosen sector of work. We have dedicated Functional Skills Tutors, which deliver tailored sessions throughout the programme, before starting your work experience placement. Our Tutors will be there to support you throughout your journey, ahead of completing your exams.

5. Gaining Valuable Work Experience

Do you feel like you don’t have enough experience to enter the working environment?

The final stage of our Access Programmes includes a valuable work placement with a real employer from your chosen sector of work. This means you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your new skills, knowledge and confidence in front of an employer who may provide you with a positive reference to take forward into your next chapter. Some employers who have offered work placements to previous students, have been so impressed that they’ve then continued with an Apprenticeship and permanent employment! This is a fantastic experience that will support you with understanding whether your career choice is realistic, and most importantly enjoyable. To complete this stage of the programme, you’ll be supported by our Employment Coach, who will direct you in the right path to finding a suitable employer to join for work experience - we do our best to match you with an employer we feel will support your individual needs and career aspirations.

Visit our Academy section via the main website menu to find out more and apply now.