We want to give young people with autism the chance to realise and develop their full potential. We work effectively with parents/carers and other agencies to support excellent transition in, through and out of The Park College.
Please use the navigation at the side to see our available training options.
Skills for work
Skills for work is a practical training programme for students working towards Entry level qualifications.
In the first year of the programme students develop work skills through a range of enterprise projects based at the college.
The enterprise projects are developed around the students’ interests and can include:
- Cycle maintenance
- Creative art and design
- Café work
In the second year of the programme students begin to specialise in their own work choices. They have opportunities for community based work experience.
Students complete extended work experience placements during the third year of the programme and prepare for employment when they leave.
Students following the Skills for Work programme also study accredited Entry level courses including:
- Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT
- Preparing for Work
Independent travel skills are developed through all activities that take place outside the college including accessing health and leisure facilities in the local area.
Into Employment is our training programme for students who can work towards level 1 and 2 qualifications. The programme can run for three years. Each year opportunities for work experience increase.
The Park College will offer a three year vocational skills programme
Students complete work experience projects within the college. These can include working in The Park College Café and Events Management. Other college based enterprises are offered and these vary depending on the interests of the students.
Students spend less time based at The Park College and complete a range of work experience placements with local businesses. Work coaches from the college support the students and employers throughout these placements.
The final year of the programme allows students to complete extended work experience placements that match their career aspirations. Students work more independently during their placements.
Throughout the course students study for accredited Level 1 and 2 qualifications. These include:
Functional Skills English, maths and ICT
Hospitality and Catering
Other accredited courses relating directly to each student’s interests can be taught.
All students take part in tutorials that focus on personal development including independence. Careers guidance is also provided.
Off to work
The Park College runs a one year intensive work experience programme for students who have already completed a three year FE college course. This training programme aims to support students in securing employment and to be able to independently plan their own leisure and community activities.
Students are supported by our job coaches in their work placements. Students aim to be working as independently as possible by the end of their course.
Students attend regular career development workshops at the college which focus on
· CV writing
· Understanding how jobs are advertised
· Job applications
· CV skills
· Coaching & mentoring