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Work Skills

Students learn about the world of work through Business Enterprises, Horticulture and Animal Care, Work Experiences, Volunteering and Visits. Current Enterprises include our farm shop, Brentwood Bones, the College Café and Brentwood Car Care Company.

Accreditation is through ASDAN Towards Independence module Business Enterprise. Students are supported to plan, start up and run our enterprises. Within each enterprise students learn to complete jobs to a required standard using visuals and task strips. Links are encouraged with external partners eg vegetables picked by students on the Wythenshawe Horticulture work experience are made into Chili Jam to be sold at the Farm Shop; skills learnt in the College Café are transferred to a work experiences. 


Enterprise is an opportunity for the contextual use of functional skills. Students are encouraged to be independent in their tasks through the use of visuals and there are many opportunities for developing communication skills. Numeracy opportunities occur through counting orders, items, handling money, monitoring stock and the repetition of tasks.


Students can choose to study Horticulture if that is one of their interests. This subject is designed to have cross curricular links with the work experience at Wythenshawe and the volunteering project at a local allotment. Students work in our extensive grounds area learning to grow plants, fruit and vegetables in our raised beds and polytunnel. Fruit and vegetables are eaten or sold in our farm shop and hanging baskets/bulbs are potted up for selling as gifts.  Students learn about the safe use of tools, what clothes to wear and about growing plants indoors and outdoors.


Animal Care is used to provide opportunities for work experiences, independence tasks, communication and interaction. Students learn to care for the animals providing them with water, food and a clean living environment. The chickens’ eggs are sold in the farm shop.


Where appropriate, students are able to access internal and then external supported work experiences. Our employment partner monitors the quality of these work experiences and offers work taster days in addition. see partnership information

Currently we have external placements at Wythenshawe Park Horticulture Centre, the British Heart Foundation, Tesco and the local library. Internal work experiences include office work, grounds maintenance including litter picking, feeding our animals and canteen assistant.  Students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer on a local allotment project called ‘Growing Trafford’s Roots’.


Progress in Work Skills is measured through our Work Skills strand and individual portfolios of work.  Work Skills measures progress in looking after belongings and money, travelling in the community and doing tasks independently as these are all necessary skills that have to be in place to be able to have a job.