The Programme

The Pathways to Adulthood Programme is an ideal option for those wishing to make the transition from school or college into more independent living or a range of employment options. The programme is based on the NOCN Pathways to Adulthood Programme which means it is moderated by an external awarding body. During the induction period (approximately 6 weeks) we will work with the client to develop an Individualised Programme to  build on their current skills to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.

The main areas of client focus for “Pathways to Adulthood” are:-college-pro

♦ Independent Living ♦ Employment ♦ Community Participation ♦ Good Health & Well being ♦ Core Organisational Skills ♦ Core Behavioural Skills

Skills are developed through participation in a choice of personal and social development projects, work experience within Midstream’s own work areas, supported external work experience placements and working towards City and Guilds Skills for Working Life qualifications. The programme is offered on a 2,3,4 or 5 day a week basis which means it can compliment the young person’s other commitments. Clients who attend more than 3 days per week are able to engage in further work experience. The programme duration is 1 or 2 years long with an optional 3rd year (dependent upon funding from Local Authorities). Each day requires 7.5 hours attendance which includes 1.5 hours for breaks and lunch. The programme has been designed so that clients experience a variety of classroom learning, practical work experience and enrichment activities to develop their employability, independence and social skills. The programme year is 38 weeks operating on a term time only basis. However, as Midstream is open 52 weeks a year, Pathways to Adulthood clients have an opportunity to arrange a place on Midstream’s standard social care programme during Pathways holidays if they so wish. Clients work towards a City & Guilds Skills for Working Life Certificate over 2 years.  The will also also have the opportunity to complete a third year and achieve a City & Guilds Diploma, subject to funding availability. Each young person has their own Individual Learning Plan which details their short, medium and long term goals and helps them keep track of their progress. In addition to the accredited City & Guild qualifications, clients will benefit from:

♦ Supported work Experience within Midstream and with local employers ♦ Developing independence, behavioural & organisational skills ♦ Using and developing literacy, numeracy & IT skills which are embedded into the Pathways programme ♦ Links with local employers, voluntary organisations and support services ♦ External visits ♦ Citizenship projects, where clients research nominate a chosen charity in order to raise funds or offer their services ♦ Enterprise projects, where clients will work in teams to organise and market events

At the end of the programme, there is a certificate presentation ceremony, where clients can invite their family and friends.

Pathways to Adulthood Operating Dates & Holidays: