Building Skills for Independence

Building Skills for Independence (BSI) Programme

Age Range: 19-25

Course Dates: September 2018 to July 2019 The course takes place during term time over 36 weeks of the year

Session Times: 5 days per week (5 days in College 9.30am-3.00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9.30am-11.30am on a Friday)

Hours per week: 24 hours

Number of students in each class: 6-10 students

Support: As well as the teaching team delivering the course, specialist therapy and nursing support will be provided as appropriate.

About the Course

Building Skills for Independence (BSI) is designed for school leavers and young adults with special needs who need a significant level of support.

Students have the opportunity to follow a study programme enabling them to progress to:

  • supported living or personalised assisted living schemes
  • developing vocational opportunities within their community and our Further Education link programme
  • work-related learning opportunities and work placements or supported employment schemes
  • contributing to community enterprise, volunteering or advocacy schemes
  • accessing the community and developing extending networks of support to sustain and extend friendships
  • accessing key health and leisure programmes that support students' health, mobility and living skills

As well as supporting Maths and English, the Core Skills developed include:

  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Independence and Mobility
  • Work Skills
  • Managing Change
  • Personal and Social Student Outcomes

We support our students to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Supported or part-time paid employment
  • Supported living or home sharing scheme
  • Sustainable networks of support and extended friendships
  • Community enterprise or volunteering in the local area
  • Membership of local community groups - sports, leisure and arts
  • Assisted independent living at home and in the community