The Stepping In programme is designed to develop, enhance and showcase employability skills.  This is achieved through work experience which enables students to make informed decision about their future.  Students are offered up to 3 days in a variety of employment sectors and 2 days in a classroom environment.

The programme has been developed specifically for young people with varying degrees of learning difficulty. It is delivered through Catcote Metro, a retail training environment in a busy shopping centre.  Students are offered independence within a safe environment which allows them to feel more grown up and highlight their transition from ‘school’ to college/training. The facility includes a life skills area, which also allows them to make basic food stuff and develop personal presentation skills for the world of work.

The curriculum is accredited and delivered through interactive workshops which vary from hands-on assembly to communication debates.  Tasks encourage and promote independent thinking and using initiative.  This offer is differentiated for each individual to allow their needs for time, learning style and capacity to be incorporated into each specific task. It is also highly modified to include the transfer of skills and to embed functional literacy and numeracy skills.

Accreditation covers the following areas and is delivered from Entry Level 3 to Level 2:

  • Using Employability
  • Work Preparation
  • Skills Towards Enabling Progression

Modules are assessment based and all have progression from Award to Diploma meaning that students can continue with the programme for up to 3 years.  The intended progression is to the Stepping Up programme or employment.

Enhanced pastoral support is offered to students to discuss any issues or catch up on work. Two job coaches are also in place to support students in their work placement.