Enterprise Skills at Newbury College
This entry level course is for learners with moderate/severe Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties, who have high support needs. By the end of the course students will have developed their communication skills, independent living skills, team work ability and also have a clear idea of the kind of supported work environment they would like after leaving college. The course runs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9.00 to 3.00
According to the level of qualification being worked towards, learners will complete units selected from community action, healthy living, preparation for work, using technology, environmental awareness, working as a group, and social relationships. This may include activities based on cookery, sport, ICT, art, pottery and individual projects.
Students will take part in group enterprise projects, developing team and social skills. There will be opportunities to plan and develop ideas for fundraising events.
Essentially the course is an opportunity to develop skills involving communication, decision making, listening and responding to instructions, behaving in appropriate way in a college environment, developing skills to work and live as independently as possible. The learners are not expected to live alone or work unsupervised after leaving college, but the course aims to give the confidence and practical skills to be as self-reliant as possible.
The course is designed to be flexible around individual abilities, aspirations and interests. Experienced and well trained staff are essential to meet the special needs of this learning group. There are CSAs to support the class, and in addition, some learners will have 1:1 support where a need has been identified.
There are no entry qualifications. All learners come from local special schools. Support is needed appropriate to each learner and may be 1:1 (Identified on 139a)
Assessment of progress is made by observation and witness statements. Also photography is often used, as is video footage. There are worksheets and some products may be used as evidence e.g. pottery and craft.
Some learners are able to progress on to the First Skills course, or the Independence Living and Working in the Community course (funding approval is needed for this). Others will start using day facilities in their local community and may use sheltered work projects on a part time basis.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newbury College directly.