Education and Learning
Right2Work offers a number of different options for young people to develop and learn their skills and abilities, all of which are designed to help with finding and maintaining employment as well as supporting their independence.
Pathways to Adulthood
Lifeskills Pathway to Adulthood is a programme of study for students with learning and other disabilities, and is tailored to individual needs and desired outcomes.
Programmes are devised with each individual student and is based on their assessed needs and development to create a personal study plan to focus on skills for independence, employment, travel, communication and social skills.
Practical tasks and subject specific activities help students acquire and develop the core organisational and behavioural skills that will be of practical benefit in the future and support their independent living.
A structured study programme specifically aimed at 16-24 year olds who have an Education Health Care Plan, want to move into employment but will need support to do so.
A supported internship will be based primarily at an employer.
It will normally last a year and includes unpaid work placements of at least 6 months.
Wherever possible young people are supported into paid employment at the end of the programme.
Young people on supported internships are expected to require a higher level of support than a trainee or apprentice.
The benefits of this programme include:
• Work place support in form of job coach.
• Support for non-workplace learning.
There are no entry or completion requirements – each learning provider will work with interns to develop a personalised programme which will meet needs and provide progression.
Successful outcomes from Supported Internships
The aim is to prepare young people with complex needs for paid employment by:
• Supporting them to develop skills valued by an employer.
• Enabling them to demonstrate value in the workplace.
• Developing their confidence in their abilities.
The ideal outcome is paid employment but other valid outcomes include:
• Building up experience for CV.
• Changing perceptions of employers.
• Changing perceptions of young people and their families.
• Improving skills in English and maths so young people are better prepared for work e.g. handling money, interacting with the public, practising interview skills.
• Becoming independent travellers.
Have a look at our brochure on SI’s – full of case studies involving local young people who have benefited from this programme -we’ve just updated it for 2019 with some new examples of young people who have been supported!
Example success story: Paul now working at Booths Superstore, Ulverston (August 2018)
Paul Braithwaite one of our learners in 2017/18 has been successful in securing full time employment with Booths in Ulverston. Paul has been supported by Claire Round and Abby-Gayle Evans from the S.I Team and latterly by Kate Fothergill from the Journey 2 Work team . Paul did the final part of his Supported Internship programme with Booths and all 3 of our colleagues have been instrumental in converting this placement into meaningful paid employment .
Employment Tutor, Jim Thorburn adds: “Following the success of our first year we have had an 100% increase in learner referrals from the Colleges and as a result we have just completed the round of Job Coach recruitment to staff the programme. There will be an additional eight colleagues joining us in September. Another exciting development for next year will be a collaboration between the programme and NHS in south Cumbria where they will be working closely with 2 learners at Furness General Hospital and have even offered the opportunity to create a post for one of our 2018/19 learners. This initiative has been as a result of a lot of hard work and persistence by Employment Adviser Claire Round , in Furness.
Opportunities with Other Employers
We work alongside you to identify work and working environments that would best suit your skills and interests. Many people who receive our support have never worked or not worked for many years and may need support to make informed choices about career opportunities.
We will be announcing partnerships with other employers over the next few months.
Learning at Right2Work
Setting clearly defined goals help to focus on achieving individual sections of the module handbook, which is given to every customer at Right2Work, with goals and progress regularly reviewed and updated.
In order to show a competent level of work skills carried out at Right2Work, individuals on work placements must display evidence to demonstrate their level of skills and understanding of the module they’re working on.
Modules currently on offer at the Furniture Warehouse in Kendal include General Workplace Skills, Delivery and Collection, Recycling, Furniture Refurbishing, Retail, Employability and Domestic Appliance Maintenance.
The community cafe at the Appleby Hub provides opportunities for young people to learn about working in a commercial catering environment, as well as other transferable areas of study, including hygiene (and food hygiene) stock rotation and storage, customer service, creating a menu, COSHH, numeracy, teamwork and communication.