09:30 to 15:00
12 week course
The aim of this programme is to introduce individuals to working with children and young people, primarily with disabilities and/or learning difficulties as an option for sustained employment.
If you are looking to work in an environment that supports children, young people or adults with learning difficulties or disabilities this 12-week programme may be for you. The programme is one day a week and will focus on a range of topics to build skills, knowledge and behaviour to progress towards work in care settings for individuals with a range of specialist needs.
The design of the programme was in collaboration with a range of stakeholders to create a programme that would prepare learners for progression either to a higher level of education or into sustained employment. As part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to meet a number of organisations with a range of vacancies which we will support you both with placement opportunities and support with preparation in the application and interview process.
As this programme is aimed at progressing individuals into employment within the sector, guaranteed placement opportunities will also be available in a range of care settings.
What will I learn?
Over the course of the programme, learners will complete a main aim and a series of shorter subject specific subjects alongside, developing knowledge in the following areas, specifically in a children and young people’s/early years and childcare setting:
Understand the range of service provision and roles
Understand the principles and values
Introductory awareness of equality and inclusion
Awareness of protection and safeguarding
Introductory awareness of health and safety
Introduction to communication
Introductory awareness of person-centred support
Encourage children and young people to eat healthily
Introductory awareness of working with others
Introduction to disability awareness
How will the course be assessed?
Learners attend weekly sessions and engage in learning activities to support the learning outcomes. Progressing each week, learning will be structured towards completing both individual and group activities to increase knowledge and understanding which will be assessed using a range of methods.
Further support and learning can be accessed through supported research, with links to a range of activities, resources and further reading links.
Materials and other information
As part of the programme, you may be exposed to a range of organisations from the healthcare and social care sector who will present their organisations and reflect on what it is like to work in the sector, together with placement opportunities and vacancies.
We will support you in your preparation for applying for roles within the sector with expert support towards interview and progression into employment.
We will encourage you to take up placement opportunities, available with a number of organisations in a range of settings which can support you in your progression into employment. Placements can be planned to suit the individuals’ pathway choice and can also be used as a working interview.
As part of the programme, if you are to proceed with a placement, we will also fund the application of an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) Certificate, the mandatory requirement for working in any health or care environment. We will also fund the upgrade to the online updates service for the first 12 months once your certificate arrives.
Progression and Careers
Regular submission of work that will be assessed and reviewed weekly.
Learners will receive feedback in order to further develop their knowledge
Learners will assess their knowledge at the start of the course and again at the end against the learning outcomes. This allows them to identify how much they have learnt and where they might need to do further study or research.
Learners will also be supported to set an individual target(s) for the course based on starting points, personal goals and career aspirations.