National Star College
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.
Work Experience is offered to all National Star College learners all year round, and provides the foundation for some to progress to paid and unpaid employment placements in their final year with the Job Mentor department. The Work Experience team work closely with other members of staff so learners are in roles that enrich their areas of study, meet their needs and enable them to work towards achieving their personal goals.
Our Skills for Work programme is perfect for learners aged 16-25 who want to find a job after college. Available work placements include those at our award-winning StarBistros, our StarPrint enterprise, reception and administration office. Learners can also learn employment skills with our partner employers.
Supported Internships provide ‘on the job’ training based at employers in the community. Supported Internships are 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. Supported Internships prepare individuals for transition into real paid employment, working with Job Mentors to provide specialist support within the place of work.
Job Mentors forge strong links with both local and national employers. The Job Mentors arrange the placement, support learners during it and enable them make that crucial step into paid or voluntary employment when they leave college.
Our 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.
National Star College delivers programmes for a range of different cohorts including young people aged 16-25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities or people aged 16 to 18 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training.