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Pathway to Independence - Entry Level - Full Time
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16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)
19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)
- Students studying their first level 2 course (Some level 2 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
- Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
- Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)
24+ Students (Age at 31st August)
- Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
- Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)
- Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
- There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
- Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
- There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.
Please contact 01530 519 001 or email@example.com if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.
List of benefits
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
- Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
- Wider Benefits – see list below
Wider benefits that are acceptable
In all cases the learner must:
- Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
- Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
- Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
- Show current proof of the benefit
Child Tax Credit
Child's Special Allowance
Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities
Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)
Graduated retirement benefit
Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities
Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme
Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above
Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above
War Widow's pension
Widowed Parent's Allowance
Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)
Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21
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More information about this Course
This programme has been designed to meet the needs of people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The range of difficulties may include learners with mild to moderate learning difficulties but with reasonable social skills and those who may find it difficult to cope with some social situations.
What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
There are no entry requirements but you will need to show a keen interest in learning new skills.
How Long Is The Course?
One Year, with an option to continue for a further year following discussions with your tutors.
What Will I Learn?
You will practice independent living skills during your course and this will include: travelling independently, managing money, cooking and communication skills. You will also be given the opportunity to try different sports, hair and beauty, painting and decorating, building skills, horticulture and much more. You will also have the opportunity to improve your English and Maths.
How Will I Learn?
You will learn by taking part in exciting practical sessions, community projects, listening to guest speakers, supported work placements and supported class work.
How Will I Be Assessed?
In the unlikely event of costs being incurred, e.g. trips out, help is available; please contact Student Services on 01530 836136 Ext 220 to find out if you are eligible.
Where Could This Course Lead To?
Following completion of this course you can progress onto Skills for Work - Personal and Social Development (PSD) programme. You may, following completion of the course, be able to access volunteer work placements.
Full Time & Part Time