Here at Priory College Swindon, we believe that if a student with ASD is able to find their individual employment niche, then it is likely they will go on to make a valuable contribution to society. We have developed a unique ‘Work Placements and Employability Skills Programme’ which helps our young people to develop the skills and experience they need to make that next step that little bit easier.
A focus on employment outcomes
When a young person joins us at Priory College Swindon, our starting point is always to look at how we can improve employment outcomes for them. Whether the student is looking to move on to part-time supported voluntary work or study at university, the thrust of every placement at the college is on building:
- Life skills
The aim is for each young person to go on to become a fully participating member of society.
Tailored work placements
Every student has the opportunity to complete either a short, long or taster work placement. Our dedicated Work Placement Co-ordinator will meet with each young person to discuss a range of options and ensure that their placement reflects their skills and interests.
All students complete a careers profiling assessment to help identify the type of placement which would best suit them. We then aim to find a suitable placement by either sourcing an employer for an individual student or by using an existing employer from our ever growing placement network. We currently offer placements in the following areas:
- Warehousing (we have options in large and small warehouses)
- Animal care
- Local media/radio
- Office work
- Working at Priory College Swindon
Work placement qualifications
For some of our students, work experience is a major component of their timetable. Many of the young people on placement will choose to complete a qualification to enhance the placement, such as an NVQ. Students also have the opportunity to complete an APT unit qualification whilst on placement (from Entry Level 3 up to Level 2). This covers areas such as:
- CV writing
- Interview skills
- How to conduct a job search