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Heart of Worcester College
Heart of Worcestershire College is an academic institution with campuses at Worcester, Malvern, Redditch and Bromsgrove
Heart of Worcestershire college supports all students with experience of care.
• Care leavers may be identified through applications, enrolment process, and interviews before starting college as previously looked after. Reports produced from student records system. Relevant teams advised via daily automated email.
• All learners identified are supported by Wellbeing Team member and allocated to their caseload. The Wellbeing team support student’s welfare needs, deal with safeguarding issues, act as an advocate for students and have a caseload of learners requiring support. They have 1:1 meetings with learners, attend professional meetings, signpost to internal and external services, work with the learners to develop action plans to develop resilience.
• Direct contact is made with each Care Experienced learner to ensure they know how to access support and who this will be provided by in college.
• Wellbeing staff liaise with agencies who already support Care experienced young people such as Social Workers and Foster Carers, Personal Advisors etc.The team support the learner by attending relevant professional meetings. If the learner doesn’t want support the team contact curriculum departments to check on their progress and wellbeing.
• Staff attend LAC reviews and PEP meetings to support learners who may be transitioning from care.
• Wellbeing staff support learners with their emotional/mental wellbeing as well as providing support and guidance including financial support and eligibility for Bursaries. Financial support varies between 16-18 and 19+ studying further education and with support for HE. Students are informed of the packages available and how to access them.
• The Wellbeing staff make referrals onwards for example to careers team for longer term guidance. Care experienced learners are also proactively contacted by the careers team to offer specialist 1:1 guidance sessions to ensure they are fully informed about how to achieve their career goals and to also raise their aspirations.
• College adapt a Person Centered approach to the support being offered and this can be tailor made for each individual dependent on their needs through the learners contact with a variety of staff through their college life.
• Work Placement Coordinators who work at the College actively support care leavers with opportunities to enter the world of work through work experience placements.
2. A Robust Employment Offer
We want to attract and recruit high quality individuals and to invest in a professionalised workforce with a focus on Continuing Professional Development.
Heart of Worcestershire College is committed to the active promotion and achievement of equality of opportunity in employment and to this end may include the adoption of such positive initiatives in the recruitment and selection of staff which are permitted by law.
The College is willing to explore the possibility of care leavers/NEET learners completing volunteering/work experience within the college.
HoW College works with a number of organisations locally and actively participates in community initiatives; identifying skills and employment needs within the county and supporting businesses and our students to be successful. HoW works directly with a local café which is run solely by care leavers.
The College actively participates in the One Million Mentors programme; linking local employers and students to develop their employability skills. Care experienced individuals are given priority to receive mentoring and we are also developing our own internal mentoring programme.
We offer a 10% discount for Care Leavers in our hair and beauty salons Fusion based at Redditch Campus and Fountains based at St Dunstan’s Campus Worcester. Proof of ID and being a Care Leaver would be required and this would not be in conjunction with any other offer. Speak to the Wellbeing Team about this.