WELCOME TO OUR EXCITING NEW PROJECT, MAKING TRACKS
Making Tracks at the Old School, Old Wolverton, will provide help and support to autistic adults in their journeys towards paid employment. We are offering the opportunity to experience the world of work in its various forms, as well as providing skills development in areas such as constructing CVs and writing application forms.
Who is it for?
You, if you are an autistic adult who:
- is enthusiastic about working in a supportive environment
- would like to have an experience in a workplace
- is looking to gain experiences which might help you to move on to successfully seeking paid employment.
- believe you have something to give in return to the Old School.
What will it involve?
- Everyone taking part will be supported throughout by our new Work Placement Coach, Rachel Sutton.
- Placements will be offered for up to 8 hours a week split into multiple sessions and lasting up to 10 weeks.
- Due to our unique set up, a range of work placement pathways will be possible, tailored to the interests and strengths of the individuals taking part.
Each work placement will follow one of 6 pathways. They are:
- Gardening and The Natural Environment
- Hospitality and Events
- Woodwork, Design and Maintenance
- Arts, Film and Photography
- Moving On
Each of the pathways will also include 1-1 and/or small group sessions which might include creating CVs, writing letters of application, interview preparation.
Keep at top
Gardening and the natural environment
This pathway is suitable if you are interested in working in the outdoors.On this pathway you will be working to help us to make the most of our outdoor space, this might involve planting herbs and bulbs, making bird boxes, carrying out nature surveys and general grounds maintenance.
Hospitality and events
This pathway will be based around our guest house, café, community hall and events programme. On this pathway you may be learning the skills of being a waitress or a cook, helping to run our guest house or assisting with our weekly and half term events.
Woodwork, design and maintenance
This pathway will be based in both the indoor and outdoor areas of the Old School. On this pathway you will have the opportunity to have a go at a range of tasks which might include helping to design and make bespoke items for the Old school grounds, helping with the up keep of the Old school building or working with our web designer.
Arts, film and photography
This pathway will allow you to discover how your creative side can develop into a career. On this pathway you will meet and work with some of the artists and designers that work with the Old School. You will have the opportunity to help us film a video of the Making Tracks project.
This pathway will be offered for those for whom this will be their first experience of being in a workplace. It will be an opportunity for you to find out about and have a go at lots of different types of jobs.
This pathway will be available to those who are closer to moving into employment or maybe looking to return to employment after a break. This will be shorter in length and will include 1-1 chats with people who are actually doing a job you are interested in so you can gain some real-life views. Small group and 1-1 sessions will be available focusing on CV writing, interview preparation and interview practice.
What might you experience during your work placement?
- Experience being in a working environment, which is enjoyable, friendly, and supportive and where you can develop your self-confidence.
- Gain familiarization with general workplace formalities e.g. punctuality, reliability.
- By working alongside our self-employed and part time staff, discover that not all work is 9-5 pm.
- Work with others, as a team and, discover that there is often a socializing element to workplaces.
- With training and support, develop some autonomy within the work placement for specific tasks.
- Talk to people who are currently in a job that uses talents/strengths/interests that you may have
- Be challenged as an individual to try new things, as you would in a new job and gain new skills. (Your Work Placement Coach will work with you so that we can put individual specific support and adaptations in place.)
- Develop an awareness that not all work tasks are enjoyable but the workplace will be a mixture of both (The work placement coach will work through a list of potential tasks to determine what you will, might and definitely won’t want to try and what adaptations can be put in place to open up more of the tasks to you.)
- Carryout tasks that will be of benefit to the Old School, and so develop a sense of worth in the workplace.
How to get involved?
Fill in this short application form using Adobe Acrobat and email it back to us. You can ring Rachel, our Work Placement Coach, if you would like help filling it in, or ask someone you know to help, email [email protected], or call her on 07832959205 (Due to Covid-19 we are currently working from home).
What will happen after this?
- Once we have received your application, we will review it to see if we believe we can help you in your employment journey. We will look at your interests and strengths and how they match up with the placements available.
- If we are able to offer you a placement, we will invite you to have a chat with us. (This can be by phone, zoom or face to face.) We will invite you to an initial familiarisation visit to The Old School. If you would like someone else to be part of this introduction and familiarisation process, please let us know. (Please be aware that it may be necessary to change the process described above depending upon current government Covid-19 restrictions. If this is the case, we will inform you of the new process).
How did the Making Tracks project at the Old School come about?
Making Tracks is possible thanks to grant funding from the Social Enterprise Support Fund and Big Issue Invest, and working in conjunction with fellow social enterprise, TRACK (track.org.uk)
We are grateful for the support given to us by: