Next Steps Pathway

Employability-based Pathway for 16-19 year olds

What is it?

Our Study Programme NEXT STEPS is available for 16-19 year olds and is delivered from our sites in Ipswich and Colchester. This pathway is designed to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. The course is individually tailored to meet the needs of each learner and is developed with the learner to ensure long term goals and aspirations are considered and worked towards within the course. Next Steps is designed to help the individual to develop their knowledge and skills ready to move onto further education or employment.

What will I study?

The curriculum consists of an accredited vocational qualification which is agreed between the Tutor and student, taking into account future goals and employment desires. Each student will work towards the relevant Maths and English Functional Skills qualification, where a GCSE grade 4 or above has not been achieved. To be able to prepare for employment, all students will undertake work experience to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions. The course offers an ‘insight into industry’ element for those students who are unsure as to what industry they would like to work within. This will allow students to gain further information and experience from different industries.

The Next Steps curriculum will also incorporate opportunities to develop entrepreneur skills through enterprise projects and enrichment activities to develop students’ character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence, and to support progression.

The main aim of this pathway is to develop the skills learners need to engage to progress further in work or access higher level learning. Learners will increase their development in areas such as:

  • Vocational Skills and workplace understanding
  • Responsibility for own work and self-development
  • Independent learning and research
  • Motivation to succeed
  • Employability Skills

Development of these skills will help prepare them to be able to participate with confidence in future job opportunities and further education.

The course is developed to be flexible and provide vocational experiences relevant to the learners’ aspirations. Learners will identify what is expected for them to work towards in line with future plans and opportunities. Learners will support by planning the main goals and hopes for the year ahead ensuring they have full participation in their development.

This course is a 3 day week programme with start dates at various points throughout the year.

How to apply?

For further information or to arrange a visit contact us on 01473 220230, visit our Facebook page WS Training Supported Learning WSTrainingLtd or email

Financial support whilst studying

If you’re on a low household income or are in care or supporting yourself you can apply to get financial help through our bursary scheme. Bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:

  • Clothing, books and other equipment for your course
  • Transport and lunch on days you study or train

Ask our team about this by contacting 01473 220230

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Term Dates 2020-2021

Would you like...

  • enhance your Maths and English skills?
  • gain work experience?
  • develop your wider skills?
  • ...opportunities to take part in
    enrichment and enterprise activities?
If your answer is yes to more than
one of the above get in touch!

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