The main aim of Harrison College is to prepare young people with autism for the world of work. Each student will engage with a supported internship that is linked to their own long term targets and career aims. Once the placement is agreed we ensure that regular visits take place so that we can assess progress against key employability skills:
Communication – People with strong communication skills can build relationships (from the initial building rapport through to a longer-term relationship), listen well, and vary their communication to suit the circumstances.
Making Decisions – Valued by employers for many reasons, being able to make decisions is key to getting on in life. Sometimes the actual decision doesn’t even matter; what matters is that you have made one and moved on.
Self Motivation – People who are self-motivated get on by themselves. They don’t need close supervision and they are good to work with because they are generally positive about life and can be counted upon to keep going. It also helps to work on your personal resilience and adaptability to change.
Leadership Skills – These are the set of soft skills that we least expect someone to develop by themselves. There are many leadership training courses available and much has been written about how to develop your leadership skills.
Teamwork Skills – Like leadership skills, there are many training courses to teach you how to work well in a team. However, there is also plenty of thinking to suggest that good communication skills, particularly good listening skills, together with an ability to build rapport will go a long way to support your ability to work well in a team.
Creativity and Problem Solving Skills – Creativity and problem-solving skills are highly valued because they are hard to develop. There are many people who believe that creative thinkers are born, not made, and there are certainly some people who find these skills much easier.
Time Management and Working Under Pressure – Many would say that these two skills, which often go hand-in-hand, are more an attitude than a skill. However they can also be developed and honed, which is why we include them as skills. Highly valued by employers, they are also very useful for organising a family or a team, and for making sure that the job gets done.
In addition to the work placement, all students will have a business mentor that guides them through the process of searching and applying for employment. To ensure that our students are ready for this, we cover work and employment skills as part of our academic curriculum.
We also engage with Doncaster Chamber to ensure that our students receive independent careers advice and also access as many industry visits as possible.
Please click the link below for full details of our Careers Programme and how we are working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks:
We are working with U-Explore to ensure that our students can access the best careers guidance and can track their own careers education to support with writing their CV and personal statements. Students and parents can click the link below to access their personal accounts.
Harrison College also have an employability microsite, within this site you will find lots of free training and resources to help you build your skills and succeed in your future career. To access your account speak to the Principal for your log in details and click the link below.