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STEPS (Supported Transition and Employment Pathways) at Colchester Institute

Course description

Study programmes in the STEPS area are for learners with additional support needs and/or barriers to work who aspire to achieve their own goals for employment. Programmes are tailored to suit the individual needs of learners and provide pathways to employment via supported internships, work experience, voluntary work and engagement in enterprise activities. Programmes aim to equip learners with the skills, confidence and autonomy required to reach their own goals for learning, life and work by offering an introduction to the appropriate skills and concepts required by industry and developing entrepreneurial skills.

Access to a wide range of specialist resources and facilities provides exciting opportunities for learners to develop their skills in an active environment. Resources include café and training kitchens, specialist workshops and job coaches who provide one to one support in the work place.

Course content

Key curriculum components of the STEPS programme include:

  • Supporting Learners to Identify Realistic Goals for Employment
  • Providing Tailored Support Including Job Coaching in the Workplace and/or Extended Work Placement Training
  • Providing CV Writing Support
  • Developing Interview and Personal Presentation Skills
  • Developing Customer Service Skills
  • Supporting Learners to Achieve Increased Levels of Social and Academic Confidence
  • Empowering Learners to Take Responsibility for their own Learning and Self Development

Delivery is through a learner-centred approach and a wide range of exciting subjects*. Practical teaching and learning methods are preferred, taking place in educational, community and employment contexts. There is a strong emphasis on the development of skills for employability through enterprise activity, including the enhancement of Functional Skills by embedding literacy and maths in all curriculum subjects. This includes: Hospitality and Catering • Media, photography and ICT • Horticulture • Community Engagement • Practical Projects • Supported Work Experience • Enterprise Activities • Retail • Carpentry and Craft Skills

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements however learners should demonstrate a commitment to working towards the achievement of realistic personal goals for employment.

Future opportunities

Part-time supported, sheltered or mainstream employment.

Following completion of a STEPS programme, learners may be able to progress to further study programmes within this area

or progress onto a vocational course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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