Employment Preparation Studies
Destination 4 an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16-18 and/or 19-24 with an EHCP, who are motivated to get a job, but may not have the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
This option is an education and training programme which incorporates work experience, preparing young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.
Designed for people aged 16 to 18 (up to 24 with EHCP) who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, Destination 4 provides the essential work preparation training, English, Maths qualifications (if applicable), and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.
Destination 4 has three core elements:
- A high-quality work experience placement with an employer.
- Work preparation training, provided by the training organisation
- English and maths support, if required, provided by the training organisation.
Destination 4 objectives
The objectives of these qualifications are to help learners to:
- develop and enhance skills required for the working environment
- develop learners’ confidence for employment and motivation
- improve communication skills and personal effectiveness
- provide a basis for further study
- Job applications
- Business and customer awareness
- Dealing with your first days at work
- Understanding your customers
- Understanding motivation
- Understanding work principles
- Managing your time
- Presenting yourself
Core Skills: Functional skills English and Maths at Entry 1, 2, 3, Level 1 and 2
Work Experience: A placement of 100 hours will be needed over the duration of the year.
Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement.
Duration: – 1 year
EHCP: Also, for all young people with an ECHP will be assigned a 1:1 Mentor who will support them closely in achieving their outcomes, with an emphasis on helping them to see and realise the next step in their lives. The young person will be able to access a one-hour face-to-face session each week with their Mentor, who will review the progress of the young person, set new targets, and stretch and challenge the young person to grow as an individual with confidence.
The YP will be supported to exercise choice and control over their lives with an emphasis on the four ‘preparing for adulthood’ outcomes:
- Moving into paid employment and/or higher education
- Independent living
- Having friends and relationships and being part of their communities
- Being as healthy as possible
Support during this face-to-face time will be tailored to the individual depending on their needs but could consist of (but not limited to):
- Engagement Sessions – for those who may have been absent from education for some time. But, also to those who may be feeling anxious about starting a new place of education.
- Reviewing and monitoring outcomes.
- Educational support – supporting the young person to learn effectively and make -progress across their curriculum. Working with teaching staff to monitor academic progress.
- Wellbeing support – Providing a safe space to talk about mental health and well-being, supporting YP to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Including low-level support surrounding anxiety, low mood, and self-care, and signposting to CAMHS and/or Adult Mental Health Services where appropriate.
- Acting as an advocate for the YP to ensure their voice is heard.
- Supporting Transition and next steps – communicating clear and consistent information about the pathways available at Synolos, also transition post-Synolos, supporting work experience placements, CV writing, etc.