Thornbeck College

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College providing personalised programmes to autistic and neurodivergent individuals

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life.

Thornbeck strive to make links will local employers to support learners to access meaningful community-based work experience.

At college Will is following the Preparation for Work pathway with catering being his identified vocational area of interest in relation to employment. Will is currently working towards a Level 1 accredited qualification in catering and hospitality. This term Will is attending work experience at the RSPB on a weekly basis, working in the café completing a range of tasks including:

  • Pot washing
  • Clearing and cleaning tables
  • Serving customers including taking payments and giving change
  • Making a range of hot and cold drinks
  • Interacting with customers to check if they are satisfied with their purchases

The work experience placement is providing Will the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge he is gaining while completing his qualification to real life situations, developing his employability skills and promoting community and social inclusion.

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