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What is the Foundation Skills Programme?

‘The biggest obstacle young people face when applying for jobs is their lack of experience’.

The School is establishing links and partnerships with businesses that are able to provide students with a structured role through which they will access new experiences, develop work-related competencies, grow in confidence, flourish as an individual and become ready for the world of work.

The organisations we work with will give students a real taste of working life and an introduction to the skills they need to secure a future job and succeed in employment.

By choosing the Foundation Skills Programme students will benefit from the support provided to enable them to achieve/exceed their academic potential, as well as developing their capacity to be a sought-after member of any employment team and could then pursue further study, and Apprenticeship or employment.

In the first term students will be based at school campus on a full time basis following a broad curriculum that includes a range of subjects to support their personal and social development as well as developing essential skills for life and preparation for their work placement. This programme will include English maths and general science for life and work.

In preparation for their work placement students are taught by experienced employer based trainers who will support them to develop the right interview skills, a CV with examples of work-based competency skills and practical experience that will help them seek a work placement. This will support students to gain confidence in interpersonal and communication skills in order to succeed in their placement and preparing them for the world of work. Students will be fully supported until they have settled with work place visits from staff.

In the second term of the programme students will commence their work placement for two days in an employment sector that matches or is linked to student’s career goals and aspirations. Students will continue to attend school for the remainder of the week.

Please see our Work Placement and Career Opportunities Section

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