STUDENTS from all walks of life and backgrounds come to Wirral Met College and the college is proud of the support it gives to its students on the ‘Prep4Life’ courses.
Prep4Life courses offer young people aged 16-25, with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, the opportunity to take part in a wide range of practical activities, so that they can build their independence, confidence and skills for both home and work.
Vocational options are a key part of the courses and include high quality, ‘real life’ work experience to help prepare these young people for work.
With the recent introduction of a designated Work Placement Officer in the Prep4Life team, Wirral Met College’s work experience programme has grown from strength to strength.
All students in this area are offered a work placement as part of their study programmes, so that they can gain work experience and build their skills in preparation for gaining a job, or progressing to higher level courses at the College.
Creating and maintaining strong working partnerships with local employers, together with the support and dedication of their staff, have been key to the success of this programme.
Work placement officer Leanne King works closely with both the students and local employers to ensure good job matches are in place, meeting the full potential of individual students and the needs of employers.
Work experience is a key part of study programmes, which all 16-18 year old students participate in, and at Wirral Met College, the work experience programmes are very successful.
The Prep4Life programmes are no exception, and some Prep4Life students have been offered permanent roles with local employers, whilst others have been able to extend their time spent working on placements with their employers.