Subject Overview

Next Steps provides a supported learning environment for young people working towards post-16 qualifications and employment.

Next Steps provides courses for young people at Entry Levels 1-3 and up to Level 1 for the work based programmes. You can make progress for up to 4 years or more before moving on to other courses or leaving college to do other things, including getting a job.

We offer both college based courses and courses that include work placement elements.

You usually start on a college based course where you develop your skills for independent learning and living as well as starting to develop employability skills through volunteer and enterprise projects. You also have the opportunity to try a vocational subject, for example, Construction, Health and Social Care, Horticulture, Hairdressing and Catering. In addition you will also improve your English and maths skills.

The work based courses students will further develop your skills for work and will aim to undertake a real work placement to be able to develop these skills further. Previous students have accessed successful work placements at places such as Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Coffee Bamber, B&Q, Nubeck Nurseries, JJ’s Café and Labelled.

No formal qualifications are required to get onto the Next Steps but English and maths skills are assessed to make sure the course will be at the right level for you.

We offer a wide range of support to ensure that you have your individual needs met, both in the classroom, around the college and on work placement should it be required. Next Steps courses are taught in small groups (average of 8 students).

How can you find out more?

Next Steps

If you would like to find out more about Next Steps click here to view the Next Steps guide or get in touch with us by ringing 01325 503277 or 01325 503190. You can also email us at nextsteps@darlington.ac.uk

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