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Pathway to Supported Employment and Independent Living at Hackney Community College

Course description

The Into Work programme supports students to make their first steps into employment. Students accepted onto this course will be considered capable of gaining employment or a long term placement with an employer. The course is spread over 3 days per week, and may be a one or two year course depending on the needs of the student. It is designed for people aged 16-24 with varying degrees of learning and behaviour difficulties to find work – or find out more about the world of work. The programme helps to increase confidence and enables students to gain employability skills. As part of the course you will attend work placements in a range of different companies where you will be supported by a job coach from the college. There are opportunities to build on your own personal plan as well as develop core skills of English, maths and ICT. Other activities include completing application forms, producing a CV, preparing for an interview and how to manage your money and your rights and responsibilities at work.

Course content

As well as class-based activities, you will go on educational visits. You will also take part in hands-on catering lessons in a DDA compliant kitchen. Additionally, you will take part in sports activities in our onsite gym.

Entry requirements

Interview and initial assessment at the College. Young people will need to demonstrate that they are motivated and ready to undertake long term placements in local companies and are independent travelers or willing to undertake travel training.


You work towards the ASDAN accreditation scheme for Personal Progress or Personal and Social Development award. These are assessed through evidence-based portfolios on an on-going basis.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Further skills training for employment or supported employment.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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