Work related learning

Former National Star student Ben with staff at the Star Anise Cafe in Stroud

Gaining hands-on work experience is vital to develop confidence, nurture new skills and prepare students for paid or voluntary employment.

Students on our work outcomes programmes are developing essential employability skills in a range of industries. These include catering, health and beauty, landscaping, arts administration, security, facilities management, finance, childcare, retail, hospitality and construction.

Skills for Work

Our highly flexible Skills for Work programme is perfect for students who want to find a job after college. For instance, students may begin to develop skills by working at StarBistro, our StarPrint enterprise, reception, shop or administration office. They are then supported to work at one of our partner employers in the local community.

These include the likes of EDF Energy, St James’ Place Wealth Management and Glevum Security to name but a few. 

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Steps into Work Supported Internships

Several major employers, in different industry sectors have committed to work with our supported interns. People aged 16 and over who have a learning or physical disability can join the internship programme, which is helping students secure paid employment.

Find out more about our national Steps into Work Supported Internships

Find out more about Gloucestershire Supported Internships

Steps into Work Traineeships

People aged 16 to 18 not in education or training benefit from our Steps into Work Traineeship. It is an excellent stepping stone to paid work, an apprenticeship or further education or training.

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Work Experience

Every National Star student can undertake work experience, helping many of them to progress to paid or voluntary work placements in their final year. The Work Experience team get to know students to help them find roles that they are interested in so they can work towards achieving their personal goals.

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Work placements

Our experienced job mentors, who have strong links with local and national employers, find the work placements. They arrange the placement, supporting students to settle into their roles to address any concerns or worries they may have. The level of support provided depends on each student with the eventual aim of allowing them to progress into paid or voluntary work after college.

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