Employment, Training and Education
Specialised Employability and Education programmes
Employment, Training and Education
We work with local authorities, agencies including Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), National Offender Management Service , Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Job Centre Plus. Our Employment, Training and Education programmes are long established.
Employment and Training Support
We deliver specialist support for clients with complex needs. They may include the long term unemployed, offenders, those with substance misuses issues, disabled people and other minority groups which face barriers to the labour market.
We help people to identify and remove potential barriers in accessing employment. With the client, we create a course of action to get them back into the work environment. We help them gain qualifications and skills, create a work record and develop that all-important work ethic.
Self esteem and motivation
In all our employment and training, we look at the whole person. We help people with their self-esteem and motivation and we prepare them for employment, training and education.
Flexible options for service users include:
- Structured work placements with statutory and voluntary organisations
- Volunteer placements
- Vocational routes
- Access to training
- Opportunities to gain qualifications
- Job search
- Employability preparation courses
- In work support
In 2014/15 DISC supported 727 people into work placements and over 400 people into paid employment.
DISC Education achieved the status of ‘Grade 1 Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
DISC Education offers services for young people aged 16 to 18. We are an independent training provider, specialising in working with people who have significant barriers to learning and providing tailored support to improve their education and employment prospects.
The Study Programme
DISC’s Study Programme, called Steps 4 Success, is funded via the EFA. It’s personalised and designed to challenge learners. It improves their skills for employment and independent living.The programme covers:
- Development of vocationally-specific work skills linked to accreditation with an extensive work placement
- Accredited personal social development programme
- Development of English, maths and ICT Functional Skills
- Enrichment activities
We provide support and activities which are highly structured and which enables learners to overcome barriers to progress such as problems relating to housing, finance, leaving care and drug and alcohol misuse.
All programmes include a work experience element including placements in local cafes, administration, animal care, NHS IT support, game-keeping, childcare, adult day services and retail. A work placement provides valuable experience of the work environment and supports learners to decide on future careers or study options.
Establishing Career interests
Our Employer Engagement Advisor works with learners alongside their tutor to establish career interests and will then source a suitable work placement to meet career needs.
DISC have built up excellent relationships with local employers who have successfully provided placements for our young people. We work with over 20 local employers including including NHS, EXCEL Centre, M&Co. Classy Pawz, MEARS, Palram, Autosafe, More Time, Wild Animal Adventures, Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, Studio28, Endeavour Woodcrafts, Little Cubs, Independent Living, County Durham Housing Group, Hilton Road Garage.
A clear focus on transition
We work in collaboration with Local Authorities, building contractors, colleges and employers (including SMEs) to ensure that provision of our training and employment services are reflective of local labour market demands.