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Sector-based Work Academies

A way of businesses supporting the local community by providing sector based work academy programmes for local people in your workplace.

Looking for employment?
Sector-based work academies will help you return to employment. Delivered in conjunction with employers who are recruiting, the programmes will help prepare those in receipt of unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in different areas of work. Placements or employer-led activities will help meet your immediate and future skills gaps, enabling you to gain employment. You could be back into work in no time and, whilst you are retraining, you will not lose your benefits!

SWAPs typically last up to 6 weeks (although some specialist programmes may last up to 16 weeks) and contain three main components to help your clients back to work:

  • pre-employment training
  • work experience placements
  • a guaranteed job interview or help with an employer’s recruitment process
Free courses

There is no direct cost to you or an employer.

Work with vision

Gain skills in-line with a business vision.

Shape your future

Work within a business for 6 weeks.

Get recruited

Successful participants may gain employment.

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You don’t just need to have left school to become an apprentice, we have apprenticeship offers for all ages and are a great way for adults to retrain for a new career. Whatever destination you’ve set your sights on, an apprenticeship will help you get there.

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Why SSC?

At South Staffordshire College our students come first, and everything we do is aimed at helping you to realise your full potential. We are about careers not courses and our expert staff will make sure you have the skills and knowledge needed to give you that competitive edge for when you start your career within your chosen industry.

As a school leaver, you will be treated as an adult, within a friendly and supportive environment. You’ll enjoy more freedom and independence, and you’ll make many new friends, all with the same passion and journey ahead as you. As an adult, we understand you may feel uneasy about returning to education, but there is no need to be. We have smaller class sizes and supportive tutors to make you feel very welcome.

#CreateYourCareer with us.

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