Work Experience

The Work Experience department is based within the College and supports students to experience meaningful work placements.

In their first year our students have the opportunity to go on at least three Industry visits. These visits allow students to see different working environments and provide them with information to make informed choices about their future work placements.

Students in their second year are then given the opportunity to complete a “Work Experience request form” a document which highlights their work placement preferences, qualifications, attributes and the support they need to make the placement successful.

Student placement times vary hugely throughout the college. Some students may undertake just a one hour work placement; where as other students will do at least half a day. Each student has the appropriate amount of support during placement, with some needing 1:1 support to have a successful work placement, whereas others may start with 1:1 support which is reduced over time allowing the student to become more independent. We review our placements with students, support staff and employers, this review process can result in a number of outcomes, including early termination of placement, change of employer, change of staffing and extensions.

Students who have successful independent work placement are then offered a block placement of either 1 or 2 full weeks.

The Work Experience Team is part of the Transitions Team and is located centrally within the college. The Team has an open door policy, which generates a positive environment and students happily pop in to discuss work placements and their more general college life.

 

Transition

Communication Specialist College Doncaster offers the opportunity for all students to be at the centre of their Transition planning.

Students will have the opportunity to explore their wants, needs and future aspirations during their time at College.

Each student will be allocated time for Transition planning and in these sessions students will work with a key member of staff on their long-term goals through a person-centred plan. The Transition sessions allow students to look at their aspirations and make informed decisions about their future.

The Transition Lead focuses on each individual and their Transition planning as soon as they begin college. The Transition Lead looks at a young person’s diagnosis, makes appropriate referrals and connects with social care if needed.

As a College, we work effectively with external agencies across the country. The first stage of our Transition Programme is to create a circle of support, by identifying professionals and external agencies/organisations.  

People involved

  • The individuals
  • Parents
  • Social worker – Adults Learning Disability Team /Sensory Team/ Transition Team
  • Advocates
  • Person Centred Planners
  • My Way Facilitators
  • Supported living coordinators
  • Educational psychologists
  • Community psychiatric nurse
  • Education and employment job trainer
  • Disability Employment Advisor
  • Support agencies
  • Supported living manager
  • Keyring managers
  • Mencap Pathways
  • Job Centre

Once the appropriate professionals have been identified, they are invited to attend our person-centred transition meetings. These meetings are held regularly throughout the year, the frequency of which will be dependent on the individual’s care package. Each member will be expected to attend all meetings to ensure total communication and effective support.  

Individual one-to- one sessions can be held with facilitators, planners and advocates as often as needed to ensure the student’s voice is heard throughout the transition process.

We also arrange visits to potential day services, further/higher education, supported living and supported employment opportunities, giving the students the opportunity to explore the range of services available to them and allowing them to make informed decisions about their future.

Once destinations have been chosen, we as a staff team work closely with any external services to ensure smooth transition through observations, visits to services, sharing of information, support plans and sharing of strategies.