Work related learning
At National Star, we believe that gaining hands-on experience in the workplace is vital in developing confidence, nurturing new skills and preparing young people for the transition to paid or voluntary employment. We offer a variety of work-based programmes to achieve just this.
Skills for Work
Our Skills for Work programme is perfect for students who want to find a job after college. Placements could include working at our award-winning StarBistro, our StarPrint enterprise, reception, shop and administration office. Students can also learn employment skills with our partner employers in the local community.
Steps into Work Supported Internships
The one-year Steps into Work Supported Internship is run in partnership with major employers across the country, each of whom are strongly committed to providing opportunities for people aged 16 and over who have a learning or physical disability. Interns are based with employers in the community, which and guides individuals through transition into real paid employment.
Steps into Work Traineeships
The Steps into Work Traineeship is a six-month course for people aged 16 to 18 who are not in education or training. While an unpaid course, the traineeships are a stepping stone to paid work, an apprenticeship or further vocational education or training.
Work Experience is offered to all National Star College students all year round, and provides the foundation for some to progress to paid and unpaid employment placements in their final year. The Work Experience team work closely with other members of staff to match students to roles that enrich their areas of study, meet their needs and enable them to work towards achieving their personal goals.
Work placements are arranged by our job mentors, who have forged strong links with both local and national employers. Job mentors arrange the placement, support students during it and enable them make that crucial step into paid or voluntary employment when they leave college.