Workskills Programme

At Expanse Learning our Workskills programme is aimed at those who have had no experience of work or employment. It builds upon the key elements of the PFA model with a more weighted programme toward the development of underpinning work skills.

This programme provides a variety of rich, meaningful learning opportunities. Students will learn new skills and build on their existing knowledge, become more independent, increase their confidence and apply these new skills in their lives after college.

Exploring wider Work related skills

Students studying on our Workskills programmes will develop their understanding of mental and physical wellbeing, making healthy decisions, appropriate social interaction, expectations and responsibilities as adults, equality and diversity, having high expectations of themselves and of others, and an understanding of their rights.

Work Skills and Industry Experiences

All students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of vocational activities that have been differentiated to ensure that they are accessible and inclusive. We use a range a of creative methods that promotes students' enjoyment and fulfilment through participation, enquiry and experimentation, and provides opportunities for students to develop their cognitive skills, affective development, physical skills, personal and social competencies and their awareness of their cultural heritage, values and diversity.

When appropriate, students participate in supported industry tasters and employer visits to build upon their knowledge of the employment related skills and options.  Through our Vocational Subjects experiences for a student’s personal development as well as supporting them to consider supported work options where appropriate. For students looking to enter work, such placements can be key to developing work skills and demonstrating their ability for prospective employers.

Programme Aims

  • Promote and develop communication and social interaction skills
  • Develop and utilise independence skills
  • Develop skills in choice-making
  • Promote the importance of learner voice
  • Enable students to have a presence in and engage with their local community
  • Explore a range of work experience options and meaningful leisure activities
  • Develop self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence
  • Develop work skills and prepare for progression to supported employment and supported living

Everyday Skills

Launchpad use a practical, hands-on approach to support students to learn essential daily living skills that facilitate their transition from college into the adult world. Practical skills such as cooking, shopping and home management are vital opportunities to promote students' independence on a daily basis. With support from our staff, students learn about have to keeps safe in the community, and daily living skills to prepare them for adult life. Students supported and challenged. They learn skills for using public transport as part of our travel training programme, accessing places of interest and other community facilities and developing links to their local area.

Functional Skills

Students develop their functional communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills, and work to ensure that they are able to transfer this learning into a range of meaningful contexts. We encourage students to establish positive social interactions with their peers and to apply their functional skills as they develop independence

Sensory Support

At Expanse Learning we understand that students with sensory processing difficulties may struggle to respond appropriately to changes within their own body or in their environment, to interact and to act upon the world around them. We provide an educational and therapeutic approach to support students in the following areas through our extensive Health and Care team:

  • Motor skills Attention
  • Cognitive skills Social skills
  • Self-stimulation
  • Functional behaviour