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The Skills Build programme is designed for young people aged 16-18, or up to 24 with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan who have Special Education Needs and/or a Learning Difficulty.

The programme is designed to support learners to transition into adulthood and links to preparing for adulthood outcomes, including independent living and employability pathways leading into paid or voluntary employment.

You will learn to take care of your physical and emotional wellbeing. You will also be encouraged to form friendships and participate in local communities and will be supported through regular tutorials, work experience and enrichment activities. 

  • Sector Overview

    Post 16 SEND provisions offer a range of courses to young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) which will help to prepare them for adulthood by improving independent living skills and developing employability. A person-centred approach is used to create an individualised programme of study that caters for the student's needs and helps them to achieve their goals.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • Pre-Entry or working towards Entry 1
  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Life Skills in our training kitchen
    • Social/communication skills
    • Employability skills
    • Horticulture/gardening
    • Maths and English
    • Citizenship and volunteering
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Interview with Parent/Carer support
    • A written task (if possible)
    • Assessment of English and Math (if possible)

    These are completed in a supportive and informal manner.

  • Enrichment

    The Skills Build learners will participate in enrichment sessions such us cooking, art, trips or sport/fitness programmes in the College's Student Common Room, Sports Hall or at the local YMCA Leisure Centre.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete work placement at Organic Lea or Lloyds Park which is an essential part of the programme. You will be supported in your placement.

  • Progression opportunities

    Successful completion of this course will lead to:

    • Entry Level 1
  • Alumni

    Gigi L's parent - 'My son's ability to be independent has increased.  He goes outside once a week to further develop practical skills. I'm confident that my son will benefit from this college as the tutors are very supportive and he tells us that he is enjoying his time at the College.'

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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