Employability Skills with us
Employability, Supported Internship and Access to HE Accredited learning routes develop the below skills
Students at Ascent College are supported in developing practical skills such as personal safety, travel training, communication, and self-management, as well as social skills like teamwork and resilience. The College uses various teaching methodologies, including TEACCH and Total Communication approaches, to support the development of thinking skills and to help students adapt to different work placements. Experiential work experience opportunities are also provided to help students build essential skills, personal qualities, and values necessary for success in any workplace.
Max has a Positive Attitude
Developing the ability to achieve emotional balance, lower stress and improve wellbeing. Ability to remain optimistic about situations, interactions and self.
Ben is practicing Personal Safety
Recognising risks and identifying how to manage them safely and how to get help
Courtney and Owen are practicing Travel Training
Deliver practical support to students to travel by public transport, on foot or by bike. It aims to help young people travel independently and without fear so they can get to college or work and for social and leisure activities.
Max is showing there is more than one way to use Communication Skills
Developing, where applicable, the 5 key areas of:
Written communication: Convey ideas and information through the use of written language.
Oral Communication: Convey ideas and information through the use of spoken language.
Non –verbal, AAC and Visual Communication
On their DofE, the students improve their Team Working
Developing teamwork successfully through modelling and experiential opportunities, our students learn and practice each and every one of these important skills.
Successful teamwork builds many social skills including:
3. Communication Skills.
7. Problem Solving.
Max works on Self-Management
Develop student’s ability to regulate their behaviours, thoughts, and emotions in a productive way. Example of how students do this; use a to-do-list to plan and organise daily responsibilities. The list allows prioritising of tasks that are more important and helps in setting clear deadlines.
Courtney using her Organisation and Learning skills
Organisation and learning skills
Becoming an independent young adult engaging in learning independently in whatever method is appropriate to the individual.
Ben, Owen and Morgan have a Willingness to Learn
Willingness to Learn
Developing this key behaviour helps our young people get on in life, whether personally or professionally. Simply put, it’s being open to – or seeking out – new experiences, skills and information that improve abilities and enjoyment.
Chris recognises across work placements there are different Expectations
Recognising and understanding there are different expectations across different work placements.
Students recognise everyone has different ways of thinking
Thinking Skills are cognitive processes that are used to solve problems, make different decisions, ask questions, make plans, organise and create information. We support the development of thinking skills through TEACHH methodology, the use of Talking Mats, tutorials, access to SaLT and OT therapists on site and a Total Communication approach.
Students learn to cope with challenges and have great Resilience
Build on student’s ability to cope with challenge and crisis and keep going. All students have a bespoke Resilience Profile that supports them to reduce vulnerabilities and develop self-management strategies.
Chris making lunch for himself and the staff at college showing his Employability
Building the essential skills, personal qualities and values that enable young adults to thrive in any workplace. Through a range of experiential work experience opportunities students adapt their ‘enterprise skills’, ‘communication skills’ and ‘workplace skills’.
Parents and Professionals
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Student named Duke of Edinburgh’s Youth Ambassador Ascent Autism Specialist College student, Courtney, has been chosen as the voice of neurodiversity for the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Youth Ambassador programme. The DofE UK Youth Ambassador programme involves a...
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