The Pre-Vocational Programme offers students in secondary school the opportunity to learn and develop social and practical skills which help them gain employment, training, or a place at University or College.
All of the programmes are supported by an Employability Support Officer and offers students the chance to learn new skills and build on talents that they already have.
Current courses on offer include:
- ‘Boom Bap’ Music
- Girls Allowed
- Hairdressing and Beauty
- Introduction to Boxing
- Introduction to College
- Introduction to Construction Crafts
- Introduction to Uniformed Services
- Musical Theatre ‘Stars in our Eyes’
- Pre-Vocational Cookery
The application process involves:
- The student or their parent/carer speaking to the pupil’s guidance teacher or support worker if they are interested in one of the courses.
- A referral will be submitted by the guidance teacher to an Employability Support Officer at East Lothian Works.
- An interview will take place between the Employability Support Officer and the young person to give them in-depth information about the course.
- The courses will begin in the new school term (some bespoke courses run at different times of the year).
Young people will have the opportunity to gain experience and build on their confidence, and may receive a referral from their course tutors while they build on their employability skills.
Transport for all courses is fully covered. It is the young person’s responsibility to catch up on any work they may have missed.
In previous years we have seen many young people gain qualifications which have allowed them to move straight into employment, and successfully complete work experience placements leading to further training or work. Additionally, many young people have moved into their senior phase at secondary school, or taken part in Activity Agreements.