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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

Find out more about becoming an apprentice

Supported Internship

There are currently two Supported Internship Programmes operating in the county with two different providers: Wiltshire College and Fairfield Farm College.  For further information and details of how to apply, please see the information below.

Wiltshire College Supported Internship Programme

Wiltshire Supported Internship Programme is a study programme which is delivered by Wiltshire College in partnership with Wiltshire Council. The Wiltshire Supported Internship study programme is now open for applications for 2016-17.

Supported Internships are individualised Study Programmes which are designed to equip students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities with the skills they need to secure paid employment.

For a young person, the Supported Internship should fit into their long term career aspirations and fit in with their working capabilities. Progression onto a supported internship will have been a topic of conversation at the young person’s annual review meeting.

For the employer, the Internship must meet a real business need and provide the potential of a paid job at the end of the Study Programme, should the intern meet the required standard

Find out more information about the Wiltshire College Supported Internship Programme and how to apply

Fairfield Farm College Supported Internship Programme

New for September 2016, the Supported Internship Programme is for young people with a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), that are already ‘work-ready’.

Delivered in partnership with Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST), the programme is designed to meet your individual needs and includes:

  • support to improve your English, maths and ICT skills
  • opportunities to develop your communication, customer service and working as part of a team essential skills
  • classroom and work-based opportunities to develop transferable skills
  • support from a job coach to access a ‘working interview’ with employers

The programme length is 1 year and you can choose to specialise in the following areas:

  • Customer Care and Office Skills (working in an office or reception)
  • Retail (working in a shop)
  • Hospitality (working in a cafe, restaurant or kitchen)
  • Equestrian (working with horses in a stables or riding school)
  • Horticulture (working in a garden centre or gardening company)

For further information please click here and/or telephone Helen Beer on 01373 866066 or email helen.beer@ffc.ac.uk

To apply, download the following forms and submit by 15 January 2016. Interviews take place in February 2016:

Application form supported internship 2015

Supported Intern Medical Form 2015

 

Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

The Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) assists young people into finding and sustaining varying levels of paid employment with local employers.

To do this we look at the different types of paid employment that will suit the young person; this is based upon their skills, interests and experience. We then aim to match individual skills to available jobs including apprenticeships.

WEST forms part of a wider team called Employment and Community Skills.

WEST provides a person centred service, working with the young person to enable them to reach stability when in paid employment with the planned aspiration for them to do this independently.


What they do

When WEST receives your referral you will be allocated to a Job Coach who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Job Coach will ask you about your experience and expertise to help highlight further skills you may need for work, we call this profiling. Your Job Coach will then support you to begin applying for jobs and prepare for interviews.

They can advise you on how to get a benefit calculation completed, which will clearly explain the financial benefits of moving into paid work.

You will actively look for paid employment and need to be committed to your job searching. Should a job be found and you are successful at an interview you will be supported by your Job Coach to start work. This will be until you and your new employer feel confident and have the necessary skills to carry out your role independently. WEST will continue to review how you are getting on in your paid work and support you in sustaining your employment until you are ready to do so independently.

What is Preparing for Employment?

A 12 week programme of one session per week.  Incorporating four sessions with a focus on the Community, followed by 8 sessions focusing on preparation for paid employment.  The sessions include:

  • Hobbies and interests
  • Friendships
  • Travel
  • Information about volunteering, work and supported employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Attitudes and expectations
  • Personal hygiene
  • Transferable skills
  • Applications and interviews
  • Appropriate behaviour

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals
  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My EHC Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).
Adult Care and CTPLD referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Integrated Youth Service
  • Adult Care
  • Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) fact sheet 2015

 

Community Connecting

Community Connecting deliver community focussed sessions to students with disabilities within Wiltshire Schools and Colleges. This is a four week programme that focuses on preparation for your community. The sessions include some of the following:

  • Your Community
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Personal Safety
  • Travel
  • Friendships
  • Volunteering

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who they are

Community Connecting assist customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following.

  • Finding voluntary work
  • Socialising
  • Joining a club
  • Further Education; including College courses and other training opportunities
  • Using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy
  • Meeting friends
  • Traineeships
  • Travel training

They provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.

What they do

When Community Connecting receives your referral you will be allocated to a Community Co-ordinator, who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Community Co-ordinator will ask you what type of volunteering or leisure interest you wish to pursue.

We will support you to explore opportunities in your community; working with you to identify your existing skills and help you to develop any new skills needed. When found we then plan with you how you are going to get to your chosen activity/voluntary position and will support you in this for the appropriate length of time. We will review our work with you regularly to ensure you are able to sustain your chosen activity/voluntary position.

Supporting new friendships

Friendships can be supported for all sorts of reasons, some examples may include: Gym sessions, fitness classes, swimming, café visits, meeting in each other’s home, cinema visits, pubs, evening classes, and dog walking.

They would be supported in the same way as voluntary positions and activities.

Once you have settled into your new friendship your Community Co-ordinator will have a chat with you to review it and then fade away to leave you to it.

Work in schools and colleges across Wiltshire

A 12 week programme of one session per week.  Incorporating four sessions with a focus on the Community, followed by 8 sessions focusing on preparation for paid employment.  The sessions include:

  • Hobbies and interests
  • Friendships
  • Travel
  • Information about volunteering, work and supported employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Attitudes and expectations
  • Personal hygiene
  • Transferable skills
  • Applications and interviews
  • Appropriate behaviour

If you are at college and would like more information please contact us on the number below.

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals
  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).
Adult Care and CTPLD referrals

In all cases approval is required before making the referral:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
    • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
    • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
    • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
    • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
    • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internship Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Integrated Youth Service
  • Adult Care
  • Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk.

This information is also available in the Community Connecting fact sheet 2015

Traineeship

For more information, please visit this website:https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

For local traineeship opportunities, contact Wiltshire College on: 01225 350035 or email info@wiltshire.ac.uk.

Job Centre+

Jobcentre Plus is a service for people who receive the following benefits:

Jobseeker’s Allowance  You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you look for work. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance/overview

Employment and Support Allowance Employment Support Allowance provides money if you can’t work because of illness or disability. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

Income Support Income Support is extra money to help people on a low income or none at all. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/income-support

Universal Credit  Universal Credit has started to replace 6 benefits with a single monthly payment if you’re out of work or on a low income. For more information or to apply: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

First you need to apply for the benefit. Following this an appointment would be made for you at the Jobcentre, if required. You would then meet with a Work Coach who will support you to become job ready.

Contacting Jobcentre Plus: https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus.

Social Care Provision

*Awaiting information

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