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At Oakwood Court College we are ambitious for our students. We encourage the prospect of work and a career in which our students are able to make their contribution to society when they leave college. This might be in paid work or in a voluntary capacity – whatever the case we are keen to see them realise their full potential, build their confidence and self-esteem and sense of belonging in the community.

Work experience concentrates on the skills needed to prepare to go to work and the activities one takes part in at work rather than specific training for a particular job title, although where possible that is strongly encouraged.

  • During work experience students develop their understanding of the workplace and what’s expected of them by:
  • being introduced to a variety of workplaces and environments.
  • gaining experience of working in specific vocations to enhance ability to attain paid work.
  • understanding the standards and expectations of the workplace.
  • meaningfully access the community and enhance their ability to be successful in a vocational or voluntary setting.
  • establishing and consolidating the social skills to effectively work in a vocational environment.
  • establishing and consolidating the skills and experience that support employment, such as using public transport, money and time.
  • accessing meaningful settings in which to apply skills learned in the classroom.

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Assessment Methods

Students work towards bespoke targets derived from diagnostic testing as well as extensive consultation between the student and members of staff. These targets are embedded and applied across the curriculum. Students targets are assessed and adapted to align them to their working environment. Progress towards meeting the targets may be focused on a specific work attainment or on a softer skill such as enhancing interpersonal skills.

Employers, job coaches and colleagues are consulted and their input is used to assess how far a student has progressed and how best to plan for future progression. On a term by term basis, extensive reports are written by job coaches, giving a summative assessment of a student’s progress. At the end of a student’s placement, they will receive a reference from the employer, that can be used to gain future employment.

Functional Skills Embedding

Work experience provides the student with the chance to practice emerging or established skills in a real working environment or when travelling to or preparing for work.

Literacy and numeracy skills in particular are integral to all aspects of a successful work placement and are therefore embedded under the following categories:

  • Punctuality
  • Appearance
  • Attitude to Work
  • Conduct
  • Work rate
  • Independence
  • Relations with colleagues
  • Communication skills
  • Awareness of health and safety