Workplace Learning is one of the most important areas students will be involved with at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Support Centre. It aims to prepare students for the dramatic transition from school to work.
Being a part of the workforce brings with it many changes, and these changes require new skills, many of which can only be successfully taught at the workplace.
Commencing anything new is often unsettling, but by staff, parents and students working together we can help students make the most of new experiences and preparing for the future.
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Before any work experience begins, all students attend a Manual Handling course off campus supported by staff.
Students will first be introduced to work experience in an “enclave” situation. This is where two or more students work together at a workplace supervised by one or more CJSCSC staff. Students are taught the skills required and expected in the workplace, and are assessed by CJSCSC staff.
Students are taught how to travel safely using public transport and are issued a “travel card” which has all the necessary details for travelling to their work placement. CJSCSC staff travel with the students until they, the students and parents are confident in their ability to travel independently.
When a student has sufficient work skills, they are moved on to an independent work experience placement. Students are asked about any area of interest, eg: retail, horticulture, hospitality etc. and a placement in that area is searched for.
Students are still supported by staff until once again all parties are confident in the student’s ability to work without direct support from staff. Support will then gradually withdraw, leaving supervision to the employer.