This pathway focuses on learners living independently or semi-independently, including skills development in cooking, maintaining a home, shopping, travel and housing advice and guidance. The college has a modern domestic learning space, divided into separate individual kitchens that enable students to develop their skills based on their experience. When using the kitchen, students are fully supervised and supported to make their food and practice food hygiene and safety. This includes using domestic kitchen equipment, cleaning up, washing machines and ironing. The curriculum also focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, appropriate food choices and budgeting.
We have an independent living training flat to help learners take part in independent living training and provide the opportunity to develop their practical skills, which can be transferred to the home.
Learners at all levels benefit from vocational education courses that build on their skills, interests, and aspirations. Learners can pick from
- Practical and art skills
- Sport and fitness
Students can complete certification in these areas or work towards employability qualifications, and also get the opportunity to participate in entrepreneurial skills, social enterprise and work experience.
Learners who are ready to study academic qualifications gain support from qualified staff to work through qualification frameworks. This included functional skills, vocational qualifications and “Step Up” programmes. Qualified assessors assess students’ work, and quality is assured through internal and external verification. The pastoral staff will also encourage learners to work with other educational establishments to offer support for further study and lifelong learning.
Supported Employment and Internships
Employability skills are delivered on the college premises and other sites that allow students to develop their independence and work skills. This pathway is designed to provide learners with the skills, qualities and attitudes that are matched to their career aspirations. With supportive staff and employers, learners work at their own pace, in practical and simulated work environments. Opportunities include working alongside co-professionals at Bankside College, including the college café, within our administration staff and with maintenance teams (caretaking, ground maintenance etc). There are also opportunities to progress into voluntary work and to a supported internship programme through this pathway.
A supported internship allows a learner to work with a job coach and an employer, so they gain vital work and social skills to enter the job market. They will work at their own pace through this programme and will be fully supported.
We are actively seeking employer partners to explore this opportunity and the Principal is keen to hear from national and local organisations who would like to explore this fantastic opportunity.
Jon Bell: email Jonathan.email@example.com