The programme guarantees training up to 104 weeks (156 weeks for disabled students) and offers training and qualifications across 4 distinct curricular areas:
- personal and social development
- professional and technical qualification
- essential skills in communications, application of number and information technology, where appropriate
The programme is delivered across 4 strands:
- ‘Skills for your life’ – addressing personal and development needs of young people who have disengaged from learning and/or have significant gaps, including essential skills.
- ‘Skills for work’ level 1 - helping young people gain skills and a vocational related professional and technical qualification at level 1 from the Register the Regulated Qualifications (RRQ).
- ‘Skills for work’ level 2 - ensuring that participants who have been assessed as capable of achieving at level 2 from the RRQ, are prepared for future progression to an apprenticeship.
- ‘Skills for work’ level 3 - ensuring that participants who have successfully completed the ‘Skills for work’ level 2 strand and still retain training entitlement but have not yet progressed to paid employment, can develop level 3 knowledge and skills, again drawn from the level 3 ApprenticeshipsNI framework.
Main activities of the training provision include work-based learning at the training contractor (‘directed training’) and work placements with employers (‘non-directed training’). A disability learning support provision is available for participants with a physical, sensory or learning disability. This service is provided by five contracted Disability Support Suppliers, Disability Action, the Cedar Foundation, Sensory Learning Support Services, Clanrye and Ulster Supported Employment Limited.