At LVS Oxford we support learners to take part in work related learning activities which has the following benefits:
• enriching their education and giving them a greater understanding of the ‘world of work’ which lies ahead of them
• helping them to develop the ‘employability skills’ that make them attractive to their future employers
• helping them to think through their learning options and career choices, and
• raising the possibility that they might be recruited in the future by employers they come into contact with. There have been numerous cases of young people with autism accepting job offers from employers they met through work-related learning.
Opportunities in the future include voluntary work, assisted employment, semi assisted employment and full employment, and in addition there is the possibility of paid apprenticeships where young people with autism ‘learn on the job’
All sixth form students study BTEC units in self-assessment and career progression, supported our Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist. This helps learners identify their personal strengths, abilities and interests and teaches them how to apply them to the world of work.
LVS Oxford is continuing to build strong working partnerships and links with a variety of colleges to enable learners to experience and access college facilities and prepare them for when they move on.
Contributing to the underlining theory provided, LVS Oxford is also developing and building a variety of external work experience placements with local businesses, nationally recognised companies and charities including supermarkets, cafes, retailers, health and fitness centres and Blenheim Palace. Internal opportunities are provided at school through catering, reception, classroom support, estates and office duties.
LVS Oxford works very closely with Adviza to provide workshops onsite and offsite giving guidance on career paths. We also liaise with students and help facilitate holistic support in the identification of their desired destinations, and help to influence transitions.
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.