The Live Study programme has been developed to provide expert academic and vocational tuition along with advice, guidance and the support necessary to facilitate the transition into employment and increase independent living skills.

The programme is broken down into three phases to enable flexibility of movement within the study programme to suit the individual needs of the students.

Phase 1

will include vocational tasters of work placements in a variety of work settings or specific settings depending on the students career aspirations.

Students will carry out work placement activities one day per week where they will be supported by a work placement supervisor.

Students will attend college three days per week and will study Work Skills, Vocational Skills, English, Maths and ICT. Students will also partake in extended curriculum activities to develop their personal and social skills.

Phase 2

will focus on the students chosen vocational area and will include work placement over two days per week. Support will be provided by a work placement supervisor but more emphasis will be placed on working more independently, where possible.

Students will attend college two days per week and will continue to study Workskills, English, Maths and ICT as they progress through the study programme.

Phase 3

will focus on the transition from work placement to on-the-job training and education. Supported internships are designed to assist students who are ready to move into employment but need extra support to do so. They enable students to demonstrate their value in the workplace and develop confidence in their own abilities to perform successfully at work.

A job coach is allocated to each student on a supported internship to enable them to develop and maintain their internship and make a positive progression on to paid sustainable employment. Once in employment, the job coach will continue to maintain contact with the student and the employer to ensure students remain in employment where possible.

Throughout the phases the focus is on employment and independent living.