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A traineeship will help you develop skills, confidence and independence in preparation for an apprenticeship, work or
further education and training.
You may start a traineeship in September for a full-year programme. However, we can also offer flexible start dates throughout the year.
Most employers are usually looking for the following skills and they are also essential for many college courses:
- Communication and people skills
- Team working
- Information Technology
- Number & Measurement
- Making successful applications
- Interview skills
A traineeship will give you the chance to develop all these within a vocational context. You can combine a traineeship with part-time work or work experience opportunities.
If you complete a traineeship first, you should have a better chance of finding an apprenticeship or college course of your choice.
pre-Apprentice Traineeships opportunities at Varndean College are for students who may need to achieve qualifications or confidence, in order to progress on to Level 2 courses, training or employment. The opportunities available are designed to build on your existing skills, help you gain new skills and knowledge, increase your confidence and develop your self esteem. As a young person joining one of our programmes you may have not, for various reasons, achieved at GCSE, you may have been home schooled, been excluded or you may have a moderate learning difficulty.
Our pre-Apprentice Traineeships Programmes are designed with 3 learning elements. Firstly, there is a vocational element, which will probably be the main reason why you chose a particular programme. Pre-apprentice traineeships give you ‘tasters’ from a menu
of work-related areas such as: Media, Care, Employability & Enterprise, Travel or Sport. Secondly, all programmes include pastoral and personal social development elements, which are designed to help you develop as a person in respect of your confidence, well-being and employability. The third element will enable you to build on your basic skills in English, Maths and ICT.
You will also be able to work towards helpful qualifications including:
- Laser Diploma in Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step Up)
- Edexcel Award in Number and Measurement
- Functional Skills in English and ICT
Class sizes are small and each group is supported by experienced and trained staff who endeavour to make the learning experience fun, engaging and relevant. Additionally, what makes us different from other colleges running pre-Apprentice Traineeships Programmes in the city is that we take the learning to you in the community through our partnership work with The Crew Club in Whitehawk and other 3rd party services in the city. In fact we won an FE Sussex Award in March 2010 for our partnership working and the difference it has made to the development and progression of young people just like you.
Each programme is run for 16 hours a week and although a full programme runs for the whole academic year, there are points of entry during the year where it is possible to start your learning journey with us.
Did You Know?
Our pre-Apprentice Traineeships (formerly Foundation Learning) Programmes have won FE Sussex awards for two consecutive years. 2010 saw us as runners up in the Partnership & Collaboration Award for our innovative delivery of the programmes through community partnerships and in 2011 one of our students, Dan Chadburn, won the NCFE Student of the year award for his progression through the programme into a position where he now has a very positive future. In 2012 the programme has won awards for its training provision as well as winning five trophies at the Sussex Young Enterprise competition, including ‘Best Overall Company’ for our Business and Enterprise group.
- Employability and Enterprise
This would help prepare you for the business world. You’d learn skills useful for employment, as well as self-employment, such as marketing, money management and working with others in a successful team.
This will be useful if you want to get into the social care sector. You will learn about child care, learning and development and increase your own practical caring skills.