WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME
Work based learning is a vital part of education for all young people. It gives young people a valuable insight into the world of work and teaches them the importance of areas such as; punctuality and time management, being presentable, communication and problem solving alongside enabling them to link skills learnt in the classroom to the real world.
We have two packages available:
1. If you are a school looking to collaborate with us for ongoing work experience placements for your students, please contact us by clicking here so we can put together an individualised package.
2. If you are a parent who would like their child to participate in work based learning either after school, at the weekends or during the school holidays, please complete an expression of interest form by clicking here. We will get back to you as soon as possible with our availability.
Connections between classroom and real-world learning: Work-based learning links what students learn in school to the skills and knowledge needed for real-world careers. Students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems, a key component of the newly adopted Common Core State Standards.
Student ownership: In work-based learning programs, students have the opportunity to explore potential career options. They can ask questions of professionals working in the industry and get an inside view of what different careers may look like. Work-based learning programs help students identify career interests and skills by providing connections to industry professionals and opportunities to see options first hand. Students can then select courses of study that are tied to their individual career goals.
Development of critical skills: Whether students choose a career right out of high school or after college, all future members of the workforce need to develop the so called “soft skills,” such as creative problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, and teamwork. In addition to these skills, employers want to hire individuals who display positive social skills such as self-respect and reliability (Bremer & Madzar, 1995). Work-based learning programs provide the opportunity for students to develop the skills that will be highly valued in future careers.
For people with special needs, the positive outcomes from work experience are vast. From our experience, the sense of achievement, independence and pride is evident from the huge smiles we see as our trainees arrive each day.
A supported and structured work environment makes learning real and concrete. Every task has visual supports and the kitchen has ‘Learn Points’ where trainees can independently go to watch explanatory videos of kitchen tasks. This encourages them to be independent in their learning and be given an alternative to asking a colleague, which might be challenging for them. Communication is of course promoted across our programme where appropriate.