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Course Overview

Traineeships are designed to prepare and support young people into entering the world of work, an apprenticeship, or further training in a chosen area. As a Trainee, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop your practical, interpersonal, and employability skills, as well experiencing full immersion in the workplace. We offer our Traineeship programme at both our City Centre and our Somer Valley Campus.

What topics are covered?

Over the course of your Traineeship you will you will learn how to navigate your way around the work place. This includes developing your ‘hard skills’ (e.g. job seeking, CV writing, interview techniques, workplace laws and regulations), and your ‘soft skills’ (e.g. communication, problem-solving, organisation, independence, managing yourself). You will be given the opportunity to develop these skills on your work placement, where you will spend a minimum of 10 hours a week. Depending on your prior English and maths achievements, GCSE or Functional Skills English and maths lessons will also make up part of your Traineeship.

Who is the course aimed at?

Traineeships are aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 (or 25 with an EHCP) who have little or no work experience and are qualified below level 3. Trainees may not feel confident about starting work or may not know which career path you wish to work towards; may wish to pursue an apprenticeship but don’t quite have the qualifications or experience to get one; or may wish to gain some industry experience in an area of interest. However, you must be motivated to work.

What support will I get?

If you know or suspect that you have any learning needs or learning difficulties, you can talk to your tutor or our Inclusion department for support with any of your classes and putting exam arrangements in place if needed. You will have regular access to your tutor, who will offer you regular 1 to 1 tutorials. You can also be referred to our Welfare team if you have any social or emotional support needs. Your tutor will visit you and your employer in the work place throughout your Traineeship to make sure that your work placement is working for you.
Trainee’s achievement is tracked and assessed using RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement). Trainees are given their own individualised employability targets which are developed with their tutor. These targets will be regularly reviewed and updated by Trainees with their tutor and employer, and your tutor will visit you in the work place throughout your Traineeship. Where needed, trainees will undertake Functional Skills and/or GCSE exams.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be eligible to work in England and have a strong motivation to work. You must also be able to demonstrate that you can work at Entry 3 in English and maths at a minimum. Ideally you will have found an employer who will take you on as a Trainee, if not, you will be expected to work with us to secure a placement You will also need to undertake a successful interview with the Traineeship course leader.

What qualifications will I gain?

You will not receive a formal qualification for your traineeship. However, you will undertake GCSE/Functional Skills English and maths qualifications depending on your previous English and maths attainment.
You must be eligible to work in England and have a strong motivation to work. You must also be able to demonstrate that you can work at Entry 3 in English and maths at a minimum. Ideally you will have found an employer who will take you on as a Trainee, if not, you will be expected to work with us to secure a placement. You will also need to undertake a successful interview with the Traineeship course leader.

How will I learn?

Trainees will learn “on the job”, although classroom employability sessions will supplement this.
You will not receive a formal qualification for your traineeship. However, you will undertake GCSE/Functional Skills English and maths qualifications depending on your previous English and maths attainment.

How will I be assessed?

Trainee achievement is tracked and assessed using RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement). Trainees are given their own individual employability targets which are developed with their tutor. These targets will be regularly reviewed and updated by Trainees with their tutor and employer, and your tutor will visit you in the work place throughout your Traineeship. Where needed, trainees will undertake Functional Skills and/or GCSE exams.

What can I do after this course?

Progression routes for trainees include an apprenticeship, employment, or further study in order to gain the necessary qualifications to pursue your career path.
If you know or suspect that you have any learning needs or learning difficulties, you can talk to your tutor or our Inclusion department for support with any of your classes and putting exam arrangements in place if needed. You will have regular access to your tutor, who will offer you regular 1 to 1 tutorials. You can also be referred to our Welfare team if you have any social or emotional support needs. Your tutor will visit you and your employeer in the work place throughout your Traineeship to make sure that your work placement is working for you.

What do I need to bring?

You will be expected to bring standard stationary equipment to your classroom sessions. You will need to speak with your employer before beginning your placement to find out what you need to bring for this element of your Traineeship.
Progression routes for trainees include an apprenticeship, employment, or further study in order to gain the necessary qualifications to pursue your career path.

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