Our employer partners periodically host visits to their workplaces by groups of students, who get a chance to meet employees and ask questions. Volunteers and students then get to work on a challenge that gives a flavour of what the organisation does.
The Sand Project is based in Worthing. They work with students from SEN schools and colleges to provide work-based experience and placements, including a school-based coffee delivery service, a cafe, a magazine and recently their own coffee shop in the town! Through their partnership with Skills Builder, they hope to pilot the SEN framework in an out-of-school context and to structure ongoing learning programmes around skill development to be run alongside workplace training.
How they use the Skills Builder Framework
Explicit and consistent use of language from Framework
Connecting with partners around common skills
Audit of existing programme content
Assessment of programme impact
Reflection with learners on programme experience
Training for delivery team
Additional offer to schools (e.g. Hub resources)
Increase specificity and focus within programme (e.g. refer to specific steps, rather than whole skill)
Measuring learner baseline to differentiate programme/intervention
Sharing best practice with other skills-building organisations
Development or co-creation of new content