Pathways is an Extended Work Experience Programme designed for students in years 10 and 11. Students will attend a work placement every week during the academic year. The number of days in work placement can be flexible and will be determined by the school.

Students are matched with a work placement in the occupational area of their choice. BTE ensure that all students are placed in a safe and supporting environment adhering to health and safety legislation and national guidelines.

Student’s progress is monitored weekly and assessment visits are carried out on a regular basis. During this time the students work towards a nationally recognised qualification and gain a valuable insight into the world of work.

Pathways runs from September to the following June for Year 11 students and July for Year 10 students. However, students can start the programme anytime during this period. An induction to the programme is given to all students before starting work placement.

Who is the programme aimed at?

Students who are ready and have the maturity to attend a work placement on a regular basis. Students who may not necessarily be gaining high GCSE results and may benefit from an alternative form of study.

What are the benefits from the programme?

As well as working towards their GCSE’s students will also be gaining a vast amount of work experience and working towards 2 nationally recognised qualifications.

Students will learn what employer’s value as an employee and emphasis is placed on attendance and punctuality.

The programme will build students confidence and give them an insight of what working life is all about. This can be a very daunting time for a lot of students and the Pathways Programme is designed to give them a structured route into a working environment.

What will the student gain from Pathways?

  • Long term work experience
  • Work towards a qualification
  • An insight to the world of work
  • An understanding of how to make the right career choices
  • Growth in confidence and maturity
  • A good reference from the employer and BTE