Work placements and employability

Learner Harry using Braille overlay to work the till in Heavitree Charity Shop
Learner Harry using Braille overlay to work the till in Heavitree Charity Shop

Our Social Enterprise Department helps prepare learners for life after WESC, instilling in them the self-confidence, belief and skills necessary to aid transition into adulthood.

We believe that every learner, regardless of disability, can function and contribute to society and have a positive impact upon the world around them.

We create and offer new opportunities and experiences for our young people, with emphasis placed on their abilities, by structuring a working and learning programme specifically tailored to meet the personal development needs of each individual.

It is our aim to provide a stimulating experience, that will push the boundaries of their capabilities, challenge and stretch their own perceptions of what they can and can’t do and inspire others by their achievements.

We provide training in real working environments, supported by qualified Manager/Trainers, who encourage each learner to progress to meet their full potential.

WESC Foundation student Dan using hedge trimmers
Dan getting to grips with gardening!

The WESC Social Enterprise portfolio currently consists of five fully functioning retail outlets and a registered online Ebay shop, which is managed and supported by WESC learners and adults with sight loss.

We have gained national recognition for our innovative work experience programme which was recently reaffirmed by OFSTED in their 2014 inspection report highlighting ‘exemplary practice’ in the way we work with external providers.

WESC Social Enterprise Department recognises the importance of “learning to work”, but through our personalised vocational programmes that focus  on learner independence, communication, social skills and self-confidence we can demonstrate that we are offering “learning for life”.

For more information please email Andrew Robertsor download our “WESC S.E.D.” app.

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