Our vocational sessions give all learners a chance to develop theoretical and practical skills specific to jobs or sectors they may wish to pursue when they leave school. For further information about what the next steps may be, please have a look at the Destination Pathways section of the website. These vocational options are offered to all semi-formal and formal learners within Post 16, and we take these sessions as an opportunity for our students to work together with students they wouldn’t normally work with. Informal learners have the chance to participate in vocational subjects if it is appropriate for them to do so.
Some of the options on offer to Post 16 are:
Construction at Leeds City College of Building
Leeds City College of Building provide a multi profession introductory course for our learners, where they gain experience and skills in joinery, painting and decorating and building. The learners have a practical and hands on morning where they put into practice the skills they are being taught, and apply their knowledge more formally to gain a Level 1 City and Guilds Construction qualification.
Enterprise sessions give students an opportunity to experience meaningful work experiences through product design, marketing and selling products within the school community. Students are able to put money, communication and teamwork skills into practice in realistic and meaningful activities, reviewing and reflecting on their success through monitoring the levels of profit achieved with each project. The Enterprise group also collaborate with other SILC schools to sell products in Kirkgate market at a pop-up shop around Christmas, giving students real world experience of retail and customer service.
Health and Social Care/Hair and Beauty
Broomfield’s Health and Social Care course providers our learners with a combined approach of teaching theory and practical content.
Our students learn about the development of babies, children, teenagers, adult hood and 65+. We explore social care, types of support and effective communication when working in the social care sector. Pupils have the opportunity to engage with a range of resources, enabling them to make links with the real world.
Within hair and beauty, pupils will learn a variety of techniques from hair care, nail care and makeup. We offer an enriching and excited environment where pupils can reach their full potential. Pupils will develop their communication and interaction skills and put this into practice when completing practical assignments.
Learners get chance to mix, whisk, cook, measure, weigh and bake delicious dishes to improve their life skills and their knowledge around healthy dishes that they could make as they go through their adolescence into adulthood. Students develop greater independence through the weeks in deciding and collecting the equipment they need, weighing or measuring their ingredients, following recipes and instructions (some using picture or simple word format, others following full recipes) and then finally cooking, making or baking their final product.
Another aspect of hospitality is learning how to wait on tables, taking orders, adding the cost of the items in the café and giving change, all of which builds the skills they would need to get a job in a hospitality setting through school or after leaving.