What is special about this course?
This national training programme, which is sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, has been developed to help young people make a successful transition into the labour market.
The programme involves all aspects of job search and includes work experience with local employers. Participants on the course are paid a Training Allowance of £55 per week, which is linked to attendance.
There no academic entry requirements. Any young person aged between 16 and 24, not at school, college, employed or in training can join the programme. All participants must be referred by Skills Development Scotland, Department of Work and Pensions (Jobcentre), OIC or Orkney College UHI.
Job search includes
- Employability Award.
- Job Search.
- Recognising Skill.
- Compiling a CV.
- Writing Letters of Application.
- Successful Application Processes.
- Interviews Techniques.
- Weekly updated local vacancy lists.
- Work Experience.
The programme can also include
Certificated Short Courses that Include;
- Health and Safety Awareness PPE.
- Manual Handling.
- First Aid.
- Food Hygiene.
- Sea Survival.
- Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
You will study by way of class-room style learning for the first week followed by work placements with local businesses that suit your individual needs.
How long will my course last?
The course is set at 10 weeks but has the option of being extended depending on individual circumstances.
Where can I study my course?
There are up to ten staggered intakes each year running from April to March.
Further education tuition fees
If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.
Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.
Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.
If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course. Further information can be found at https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-learning-accounts-ila
What can I do on completion of my course?
Participants can progress into employment, apprenticeship or further education.
This course supports access to further training and employment.
Is there more information available online?
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