Live @ The Hive

“Learners participate in real-life and simulated learning activities to develop new skills, knowledge and behaviours. They build on their levels of independence, which enables them to become more active members of their communities.” – Ofsted (November 2023)

The LIVE study programme focuses on preparing the learners for employment. The college has very strong relationships with prestigious employers within the West Midlands region who provide meaningful work placements for our students on a weekly basis to support their transition into work. The Placement Co-ordinator ensures that students are carefully placed with an employer allowing maximum independence, but with the correct level of support and guidance to suit each individual student. All students are accompanied by a Work Placement Supervisor when carrying out work experience activities with a gradual reduction in support leading to students being able to work independently.

Work experience activities will assist students to identify their job preferences and produce a vocational profile to help achieve a job match to suit their ability.

Many of our student’s progress on to a Supported Internship which is a personalised study programme based mainly at an employer’s premises where students are supported by a Job Coach. Job Coaches provide in-work support during the internship to ensure that the students are ready to take up employment at the end of the internship programme.

In addition to the work placements, the learner’s study units that help them understand the world of work and the different industries they might want to work in. This is taught alongside core subjects of Maths, Communication and ICT.

“Leaders collaborate closely with various partners and stakeholders, including
national membership organisations, learners and parents, to carefully design and
sequence challenging curriculums.” Ofsted Report (November 2023)

LIVE learners also participate in Independent Living Skills and well-being activities such as basic cooking skills, fitness and gardening. They also participate in Relationship sex education lessons and group tutorial lessons covering social awareness topics that are delivered by both staff and qualified external agencies including the NHS.

The Hive College is dedicated to preparing the LIVE students for adult life to ensure that following on from their time at the college students will go on to employment or an Apprenticeship within their chosen vocational area. We will continue to support students when they have completed their study programmes to ensure sustainability within the workplace.

“Leaders have developed a highly effective careers programme that has been cocreated by working with various internal and external stakeholders. Learners are supported to access a variety of activities to prepare them to engage with employer and community placements.” Ofsted Report (November 2023)