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Ace at Work Enterprise at Reading College

Course description

This course is for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Specialist support is given to help boost students’ work skills. Students are involved in workshops and create goods that are then sold. The course helps develop students’ enterprise skills in a supportive environment. They will gain work confidence and increase their skills in communications and numeracy.

Course content

This course allows students to gain work experience in-house. This means that no external placements are required and young adults can boost their work confidence in a supportive setting. Students will study communications numeracy and have a series of tutorials. Students are involved in craft and garden workshops where they plan and budget small-scale projects. The items that are made during these sessions are then presented for public sale. Students are taught in groups and learn about different aspects of production and selling. Specialist staff are on hand to advise students and the experience gained can help lead on to supported employment.

Students will spend three days a week picking up future skills for employment. There will be group-based learning with students creating goods for sale and being taught work-based communications and numeracy. In addition students will develop enterprise skills based around selling goods to the public.

In addition to learning about the production and selling of goods students’ communications and numeracy skills will also be developed. Students’ confidence and self-esteem will be increased through the satisfaction of producing and selling goods.

Entry requirements

No qualifications are required. Students will be individually assessed and given an informal interview.

Future opportunities

Students can progress on to supported employment or further study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.