Pathways at City College
Pathways courses are designed for young people who have become disengaged from education. Many of our learners have been out of formal education for a significant amount of time and need extra support to help them become college ready. We offer a safe and supportive environment where learners can practise skills such as time keeping, working with others, Functional Skills literacy and numeracy, and employability skills, as well as practical skills in their chosen vocational subject.
By working with agencies such as the Youth Employability Service, the Youth Offending Team, and social workers, we can provide a network of support that helps vulnerable young people stay on track and progress on to further studies or employment.
The Pallet Project
The Pallet Project is a social enterprise that has been set up by students on the Pathways to Construction course. With the support of their tutors the learners make house hold furniture and interiors using recycled and upcycled materials. The project works on a profit sharing basis with a portion of the profits going directly to the learner and a portion of it going to support Trades 4 Aid. Learners are expected to be involved at all stages of the project, from coming up with new designs, to producing and then selling the products. The project gives them valuable experience in running a business and broadens their options for the future. Youth unemployment rates continue to be high so developing the confidence to be self employed or set up a business could be a viable and necessary option for our learners.
The Pallet Project has a ‘Pop Up Workshop’ on Monday afternoons between 2-4 where members of the public can come and look at what is for sale and place orders. More details can be found on our Facebook page or our website.
Trades 4 Aid
Trades 4 Aid is an exciting project which offers Pathways learners the opportunity to be involved in construction work in a developing country. Previous trips have seen learners travel to The Gambia to renovate a rural school. Personal financial circumstances are not a barrier to any of our learners taking part as they are supported in raising the money for the trip through sponsored activities or being a part of the Pallet Project. Students are currently planning the next trip with their tutors and are hoping to make Tanzania the destination. Many of our learners have never been on holiday, or flown on a plane, so this really is a once in a life time opportunity. The aim of Trades 4 Aid is to reduce the risk of long term unemployment and offending whilst increasing the life chances of the learners.