Pathways to employment


ANGUS College recognised the achievements of some of their students this week in a course designed to help them find work.

As part of national Learning Disability week, the college celebrated the skills and abilities of those with additional needs by hosting a ceremony marking the success of the individuals who undertook the Positive Pathways course.

Positive Pathways is a part-time course incorporated within Angus College’s Community Programmes Options in Supported Education.

The course gives students the opportunity to develop their personal skills in employability, job seeking, building CVs and undertaking work placements.

An integral part of the course has been providing the opportunity for students to gain certificates in key areas to support them in their quest for employment including food hygiene, customer care and first aid.

The course was supported by a successful partnership with Angus Council social work and health supported employment team.

Both teams worked in partnership to devise and implement this new course. Staff who worked with the candidates noted an impressive progress and dedication demonstrated by the students.

Among those in attendance at the ceremony were families, friends and representatives from the partner agencies.

Also invited to celebrate the student’s success were colleagues from the Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath, where students have been successful in gaining paid employment.

Wendy Duke, curriculum manager, said: “Students have been really inspirational in their attitude to seeking employment and in taking the opportunity to enhance their skills and talents in relation to their personal aspirations.

“The students have to be commended for their excellent attitudes to further education and our thanks also to Craig and Sandra for their role in enabling students to fulfil their potential.”

Angus College supported education team also ran a successful Positive Pathways course in partnership with Enable who supported students with their employability skills and access to a wide range of work placement opportunities as part of a Big Lottery funded project.  

The Positive Pathways Courses have been so successful it is planned to deliver these opportunities for next academic session, starting in September.

Recruitment has now begun and anyone interested is invited to contact Angus College on 01241 432623 or the supported employment team on 01241 826900 for further information.