What is a Tradership?
Great Minds Together have created a new vocational route to further education or employment for pre and post 16 students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs to ensure better outcomes and a more achievable route to Apprenticeships and Traineeships. The Tradership will act as an alternative to GCSE's as an 'Access' course to further vocational education routes. This route to further education and work-based learning will be able to support these students nationwide.
The Tradership is made up of three components:
1- CPD certifications in personal and professional development as well as CPD certifications in the young person's chosen industry reflective of their aspiration.
2- Growth Mindset mentor programme ensuring a positive mindset and increased engagement, attainment and self-esteem.
3- Work-based learning, assistance with careers advice and building links with local a relevant workplaces to allow the young person to gain relevant experience in their chosen industry.
Who is the Tradership aimed at?
Our traderships are for pre and post 16 year olds, where the academic route may not be right for them. It provides emotional and practical support pre and post 16 that is critical for students with SEND and/or SEMH needs. Students that do not have an EHC Plan, but were they are on the schools SEN register can also benefit from this support.
What makes our programme successful?
We have a collaborative programme that includes 5 key elements:
1- CPD certifications in confidence, employability and their chosen field.
2- A Growth Mindset programme to increase employability, motivation, confidence and attainment and links with local work places relevant to the young persons aspirations to gain work experience.
3- Wraparound support service for their family.
4- Wraparound support for the professionals; The programme provides training to other professionals that work with these students to support them in adopting a Growth Mindset approach to encourage better outcomes.
5- A dedicated mentor for each young person. This mentor will encourage, support and provide a large number of resources to encourage success on the programme.
These key elements are what makes the programme successful and there are no other programmes that offers this in the UK.
We have been working on the Tradership programme over the past 12 months, and it has 100% positive feedback on increased learning, attainment, employability and confidence building as well as a reduction in stress for professionals, parents and carers that are struggling with the child's behaviour and lack of engagement.