We aim not only to get each of our students the qualification they need, but also the skills and knowledge required to get started in the workplace. We acheive this by delivering specially designed courses that help give each student independence and guide them towards developing into responsible young adults ready for work.

A statistic from the British Chamber of Commerce's annual Workforce Survey has shown that 57% of young people lacked 'soft' skills needed for employment, such as communication and team working. With this in mind we have developed the ePass initiative to target this deficit and address the issue in full-time students. The ePass encourages young people to improve their communication skills, reliability and teamwork, among other key areas of employability. At the end of the year, each student will have a map that displays how they have improved over their year at the College, which can be shown to employers as a kind of character reference to aid them in their search for a job.

The ePass helps students develop these key skills and responsibilities from day 1 as the clear targets and objectives give them something to aim for. This structured approach has a great positive impact on their personal development and helps provide mature, focused learners who are motivated to obtain the skills and qualification required to get started in their chosen career.

Each of our apprenticeship schemes also has elements of Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS). ERR is part of the induction for new apprentices where students will learn about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace. This will cover things such as Health and Safety, working hours, equal opportunities and contract of employment. Learners will also develop a series of underpinning qualities across the six PLTS areas; independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self-management and effective participation so that they get the most out of the valuable working experience and have transferrable skills when they go on to other roles.