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Andover College - SEND Employability Hub

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SEND Employability Hubs provide young people with education,?skills,?training and personal development, as well as work experience placements,?and supported internships. The type of pathway is based on their individual needs and aspirations.?The hubs also provide opportunities for young people to access other educational opportunities within colleges (find our more about SEND Employability Hubs here)

Andover College is an open access, inclusive general further education college offering both young people and adults with a variety of needs a comprehensive range of vocational and academic qualifications. We aim to create a secure and welcoming environment for all members of our community. Students have access to a programme of study that supports their needs and aspirations. We take a student centred approach to ensuring outcomes. Students are encouraged to reach their personal best.

The SEND Employability Hub provide routes to employment for young people with EHCP’s who are studying on Foundation or Mainstream Courses. Each course is designed about preparing for adulthood, containing 1:1 support, work experience and job coaching.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kelly Hall
Contact Position
Team Leader, Additional Learning Support
E-mail
Kelly.Hall@SparsholtCollegeGroup.ac.uk
Website
HCC SEND Employability Hubs

Where to go

Name
Andover College
Address
Charlton Road
Andover
Hampshire
Postcode
SP10 1EJ

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Morning
Afternoon

Local Offer

Local Offer
Contact Name
Kelly Hall
Contact Email
Kelly.Hall@SparsholtCollegeGroup.ac.uk
What does your service do?

SEND Employability Hubs bring together workplace and non-workplace learning to develop and deliver a flexible programme focusing on the elements SEND young people need to gain independence and skills which maximizes progressions into sustained employment and independence to transforms the life chances of young people with SEND.

Core elements of the programme include:

  • Education, Skills and Personal development support, in line with the pathways of ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ framework from the Department for Education (Employment, Independent Living, Community Inclusion and Health).​
  • Opportunities to engage with employers and gain experience in the workplace through work experience, Work placements and Supported Internships.
  • Progression pathways into Paid Employment or Supported Apprenticeship
Who does your service provide for?

Young people who:

  • live in Hampshire
  • have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • are leaving statutory education in the summer (moving into year 12)
  • are enthusiastic and ambitious about a future job
How can I start using the service?

You can contact this hub directly. If you are a young person interested in joining a hub when you turn 16. discuss this at your next EHCP review or contact your SEN worker.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Places will be agreed between Hampshire County Council and the respective college. To discuss joining one of the new SEND Independence Hubs, speak to your SEN caseworker and/or discuss options at your next annual review. Alternatively, contact the college directly to have an initial conversation.

If you are unsure of your eligibility or want to discuss your EHCP, contact the SEN helpline on 01329 316165.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

Staff have a wide variety of qualifications based on their areas of specialism - including Postgraduate qualifications. Our Assistant Principal Student Experience has the National SENCO accreditation (University of Winchester) our college nurse is a Registered Nurse, our exam access arrangements are undertaken by staff with a Masters in SpLD and our college counsellor is qualified. All of our LSA staff are expected to undertake a Level 3 Learning Support (Reflective Practice) course that links to the National Standards of Learning Support Practitioners.

In addition:

• All staff at the College are trained in Health and Safety, Equality & Diversity and Safeguarding which is regularly updated.

• A range of training sessions are offered at the College for teaching and support staff throughout the year, as well as external training.

• Specific training is organised as needed and expert help and advice is sought where necessary.

• We have a regular programme of continuing professional development (CPD)

• The corporate induction process includes information on SEND processes SEND Policy

• Keyworkers ensure staff have the relevant information on students and share effective practice to support our students

• Our Wellbeing team have received numerous and diverse levels of training in areas including Autism awareness, Online safety, CSE, GIO, Trauma Informed Practitioner, Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention, Working with students who Self Harm, Sensory Needs/Diet awareness and DSL training.

How will I know my child is safe?

Sparsholt’s College (including Andover College) have in place inclusive and ‘safer’ practices tat promote and ensure the safety and well-being of all learners.

Safeguarding Learners Policy and Procedures Policy: Safeguarding Learners Policy and Procedures (sparsholt.ac.uk)

Which of the following applies to your setting?
Accessible changing
Disabled parking
Wheelchair access
What communication methods are you familiar with?
Sign language
Makaton
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