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Preparation for Life & Work

Preparation for Life & Work

The Preparation for Life and Work Department is staffed by an experienced, innovative team who will help you develop and reach your full potential.

Our NEW building is now open!  We held our first coffee morning in the new facility for Macmillan Cancer Support...see the pictures

To read more about the Department, see the Preparation For Life & Work Course Guide 2014/15

What To Expect

• Courses for learners who have mild to moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities and those who have no formal qualifications or are not in formal education.

• Personalised learning plans to meet your employment and training needs and aspirations.

• A programme of the three functional skills in English, Maths and ICT together with accredited Personal & Social Development units.

• Teaching which has been graded as Good (Grade 2) by Ofsted.

• Qualifications that show evidence of your success, which you can take to any employer or college in the country. Every programme leads to an externally accredited qualification which gives you access to Level 1 courses.

• We prepare you for the outside world through the work experience opportunities that you will undertake.

• Take on exciting work experiences. Nescot works with companies and organisations including Holiday Inn, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Premier Inns, Horton Country Park, Epsom Race course and other local employers.

• Experience being part of a productive team and use your skills to make a valuable contribution to your community.

• Regular trips, such as the South of England show at Ardingly, where the students were awarded Overall Winners title in 2010 and to Hampton Court.

• Our students have gone on to join teams working in HR at Epsom Town Hall, caring for the community at The Longmead Centre and at Epsom Downs’ Holiday Inn Hotel.

Student Profile

Martin Bell
Preparing to Work
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I wanted to come to Nescot because I'd heard good things from people who went here. I came to visit and I felt safe here, which is very important. The teachers showed us the department and all the classrooms and we met the other students. It made me feel comfortable, so I wasn't nervous about starting the course. I've made a lot of friends and I'm very happy here.

We've learnt all kinds of skills on the course. For example, we've been taught about Personal and Social Development, we've done some cooking and we get set different challenges like the Six Book Challenge. I help at the Seasons Café, where we sell soup and cookies, and we also went on a trip to London. We had a disco at the college to celebrate the end of the year. I played the music, and I got all the students to write down their favourite song so I could play it.

Everyone is different and everyone is treated with respect. I have Cerebral Palsy and Moderate Learning Difficulties and the teachers give me all the help I need. Next year I'll be staying at Nescot to study a BTEC in IT. I will miss the PfLW department, because the teachers are really nice, but I'm excited about studying IT.

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Student Profile

Anita Webster
Transition into Employment (TIE) - Entry Level 3
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I really enjoy my course and I feel happy at Nescot. I already knew some people at the college so I'd heard it was a nice place. I'm glad I came here. I do a lot of English on my course, which I like, and a lot of maths, which I don't like, but the teachers always help you when it's hard. I have learning difficulties and the staff always support me.

I've done different work placements on my course, which our tutors help us to arrange. I went to The Hub in Epsom and played monopoly with people who came in, which was nice because I like meeting new people. Then I worked in the post room at Premium Credit in Epsom, and I got on with all the people there.

I would say to anyone thinking about coming to Nescot that they should definitely come here. You don't get bored at all, you do interesting things all the time and the day goes really quickly.

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Previous students have either chosen to take their learning further or have gone on to become valued employees at well known businesses and organisations.

By the time you leave us you will have learned what it is to be part of a productive team, using your skills to make a valuable contribution to your community.

We believe our job is to get you ready for the wider world and we will give you all the tools you need to succeed.

We join with employers to find real work experiences for you, where you can put the skills we have taught you into practice in your community.

We prepare you for the outside world through innovative collaborations with businesses and local organisations.

Foundation Learning programmes are run across all the departments at Nescot and, as such, make full use of our fantastic facilities. One of the college’s real strengths is the quality of its staff. Most of our lecturers have solid industry experience, which means up-to-date knowledge and great contacts.

Ofsted Grade 2 for our teaching.

Every programme leads to an externally accredited qualification which gives you access to level 1 courses. We believe in providing you with real evidence of your success that you can take to any employer or college in the country.

Two young people with autism's different experiences of finishing at school

Two young people with autism's different experiences of finishing at school

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Preparation for Life & Work Events

Open Events 2014-15

08. October 2014


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