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Full time
1 year
September only

This is a course for those who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, who have an Education Health and Care Plan and want to be employed. You will develop and acquire specific and transferable employment skills required in the competitive world of work by taking part in three intensive work experience placements at different local employers, whilst being supported by a job coach. Time and consideration is taken to match your working aspirations and choices with employer’s business needs.

The curriculum is tailored around the student group and individual employment needs. The primary focus is to develop employability skills sought by employers alongside promoting working aspirations. You will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of work experience by participating in three intensive work placements whilst being supported by a job coach.

You will also study English and maths and dependent on individual assessment results could gain a Functional Skills or Stepping Skills Qualification at an appropriate level.

Possible units of study include: Vocational Profiling, Use of Training in Systematic Instruction, Employability Skills, CV building, Travel Training, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Job Searching, Voluntary Work, Job Centre and Job Clubs.

Assessment in a variety of ways including: Feedback from employer and job coach, Observation on placement, Photographic evidence, Observation/witness statements, Some written work, Tutor statements.

We will support you to find paid and voluntary work and to live independently in the future.

There will be trips and visits to develop you socially and academically. There will be additional costs for these.

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities, embedded throughout your study programme, that we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

You will also engage in the Positive Futures Careers Programme, developing key employability skills through a diverse range of activities including work placements, volunteering, employer talks, industry study visits and employment and university fairs.

For Supported Internship: Entry is subject to interview, School/College Reference, EHCP and Initial Assessments. Students should be interested in gaining employment and keen to undertake work placements.

As a Bury College student you will have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities which will contribute to your personal growth and development and support your academic studies. 

These may include:

  • Quiet room
  • Specialist sensory provision
  • Small class sizes
  • Flat for independent living classes
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Smart Shop and Café
  • Education Healthcare Plan Coordinator
  • Specialist trained staff
  • Lunch time activities and support staff
  • Good links with external agencies
  • BFEST (Annual fundraising festival)
  • Opportunity to take part in a residential
  • Sports facilities and gym
  • Accessible mini bus
  • Youth and Drama Club
  • Foundation Studies football team
  • Hydro / Splash opportunities
  • Residentials
  • Attendance at job fairs
  • Annual Prom

Please Note: We attempt to ensure that all information contained within this website is correct and up-to-date. However, some details may change as we review and update our provision. Although every effort is made to provide the teaching, examination, assessment and other services detailed on this website and in our other publications, Bury College cannot guarantee the provision of such programmes, services, facilities and fees. Bury College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, alter or amalgamate any of the courses, locations and facilities detailed within at any time. Should circumstances require such amendments, Bury College undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services and most importantly to students.

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