The Thrive 1 study programme has been developed to provide expert academic and vocational tuition, along with advice, guidance and the support necessary to facilitate the transition of students into supported employment or volunteering and improve their independent skills.
The study programme curriculum will consist of the following:
- Skills for Supported Employment
- Working as a Volunteer
- Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Engaging with the World of Work
- The development of ‘Cottage Industries’ and participation in Realistic Working Environments within the college
- Independence and Wellbeing
Students will attend college 4 days per week and will work through the phases at a pace to suit their ability.
Phase 1 will include preparation for working in supported employment activities. Students will participate in a variety of activities within the local community supported by teaching staff, teaching assistants and support workers. They will achieve vocationally related qualifications that are practical based with evidence generated through observation of ‘getting the job done’. Maths and English will also form part of the college week, along with the personal and social skills needed to be able to progress into supported employment.
Phase 2 will focus on volunteering roles within the students own community in an area of interest that suits the students’ needs and abilities. Students will receive systematic instruction from a Support Coach whilst in the workplace and will continue with their academic studies at college.
Phase 3 will focus on the transition into their volunteering job role by increasing the number of days in the workplace and decreasing the amount of time in college. Parents, employers and the college will work together to develop a support plan that allows each student to progress through their own study programme, in preparation for their transition from college into society.
Throughout the phases the focus is on encouraging students to participate in roles within their community and improve their personal and social skills. They will be assisted by a dedicated team of teachers, teaching assistants, and support and care staff. There is also a College Nurse on site 5 days per week.