14 to 19 education, employment and skills

Work-based learning

Our work based learning programme gives you an opportunity to develop some industry specific skills by:

  • completing a programme of training or
  • extended work experience at a local college, with a training provider or an employer.


In all cases, you will be given a range of tasks and duties that will help you learn about working in a  particular area, industry or sector. To help you progress, your course will be accredited and will help you move to an apprenticeship, further training or into employment.


Normally, work-based learning will be one day per week and lasts for at least one term, eg 10-12 weeks. 

We offer two different programmes:

Key Stage 4 “Way to Work”

This programme runs for one day per week from January to May. The courses usually include:

  • childcare
  • construction (different trades),
  • catering
  • hair and beauty
  • motor vehicle
  • multi-media and games
  • horticulture and landscaping

Key Stage 5 “Career Smart

This programme will complement your courses in the 6th Form. It will also give you a chance to spend time with an employer developing employability skills and acquire industry specific experience and knowledge.

An essential part of this programme is a series of workshops that will help you prepare for the placement which will be City and Guilds accredited (Level 2 Employability and Personal Development Award).  

The placement will be for one day per week (or its equivalent) from November to April; followed by a 2-3 week block placement in late June to August.