Learners will examine their ideas and opportunities through individual discussions with their tutor and work experience co-ordinator. Learners will be offered a broad range of realistic placements and will also be given the opportunity to practice learned skills.
Prior to placements starting, learners will attend a mock interview and induction, where expectations are highlighted, where appropriate these meetings will be supported by the use of social stories and visual timetables.
During the work based placement learners will be supervised and supported by a member of Valley College staff.
All placements will be fully risk assessed to ensure that the learners’ levels of experience and potential lack of awareness of hazards in the workplace are taken into account at all times. Care will be taken to ensure the learners’ personal safety is maintained at all times.
Employers are asked to complete a feedback form to help the learner evaluate their experience. This can be either written or photographic along with a short statement by the supervisor or support staff.
Employers are asked to provide a short statement about the learners’ overall placement and complete a reference pro forma.
Information and Guidance
Our aspiration is for all learners to leave the college with a plan for their future which is appropriate to meet their individual needs.
Through person centred planning and education we aim to equip our learners with the skills and resilience to cope with the adult world of work.
All learners in Valley College have an entitlement to Information and Guidance (IAG) education delivered through discrete lessons, work based learning and through key events in college. We aim to foster a work ethic into our learners through giving them opportunities such as work experience and in some cases jobs in the college. In addition to preparing pupils for the world of work our IAG programmes aims to :
- Develop learners’ functional skills within the subject areas – English, Maths and Computing;
- Develop practical work skills and independent living skills;
- Help learners to make choices about their career pathway.