Specialist traineeships

Develop skills for work and independent life

ESPA College is recruiting students now to join its Specialist Traineeship programmes starting in September 2015.

The scheme, for young adults aged 16-24 with ASC, combines practical work experience and essential employability skills in a non-academic vocational programme delivered by autism specialists.

The three traineeships are in:

They are all offered on a full and part-time basis (three days or five days per week) and usually last two years.

Equipping trainees with their own set of skills to promote development in work-based independence is at the heart of the scheme and will be encouraged and nurtured throughout the programme.

Trainees will develop work skills to prepare them for employment, including apprenticeships.

Personal development and essential independence skills underpin activities, with up to six key development areas based on the individual needs of each trainee forming the core framework for each programme.

All trainees must access employability skills, work experience, an arts framework, and an autism specific core curriculum.

Mandatory training can include manual handling and health & safety, while voluntary work related training may take the form of short courses or stand-alone NOCN Units relevant to the trainee’s chosen job role, such as Portable Appliance Testing for production assistants.

The traineeship programme aims to maintain trainees’ functional skills by embedding literacy, numeracy and ICT into all aspects of the programme where appropriate. This will be done in a practical fashion to reflect the wider aims of the scheme.

The traineeships are run from ESPA College’s facilities in Sunderland and are accredited by ONE Awards.

To enquire about the Specialist Traineeship Scheme contact Allison Hardy or Mike Smith at ESPA College’s central admissions team: enquiries@espa.org.uk or (0191) 510 2611.

Download our Specialist Traineeships information leaflet here.

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