Is this course right for me?

These courses will give learners the confidence to be more independent and gain skills to access the world of work or access further vocational courses within the college. These courses are aimed at school leavers who wish to further develop their numeracy and literacy skills. Learners will need to be working to at least E2 (established) and above in Literacy and Numeracy, attend a successful interview or taster course to make sure the course is right for them, and be able to access college independently.

Entry requirements:

No formal entry requirements.

Offer of a place on the course is subject to successful attendance on a personalised transition event.


The programme is delivered through a mix of practical and classroom-based activities that promote learners’ independence, choice and decision making, confidence and social skills. Learners will be taught in small groups.


After setting and agreeing individual targets, learners may be assessed through a variety of methods which meet their individual learning needs. Learners will complete an appropriate formal qualification.


Employment and further study opportunities.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau


    Develops learners:

    • to help them decide what to do next in their career
    • to enable them to try a variety of vocational tasters that include Health and Social Care; Construction; Engineering; Catering; Hairdressing and Beauty; Art and Design; Sports and Leisure etc.
    • to enable them to gain suitable work experience that will help with their career plans.
    • to improve their self-confidence and motivational skills.
  • Glynllifon


    • Develops the learners personal, social and emotional needs
    • Provides a variety of vocational tasters e.g. Animal care, Land-based, Engineering etc. 

    Work Experience

    • Helps learners to decide on career plan
    • The staff team work closely with mainstream vocational staff to prepare learners for progression to other departments (if appropriate).
  • Llangefni


    • Develops learners’ personal, social and emotional needs
    • Provides a variety of vocational tasters e.g. Health and Social Care, Catering, Construction, Land-based, Media, Art and Design, Sports and Leisure, Hair and Beauty etc.
    • Help learners to decide on a career plan 

    Pre-Vocational 2

    Provides a Work Experience element which aims to prepare learners for the world of work. Industrial visits are organised in the workplace. Up to two days per week work experience. Emphasis on Health and Safety requirements of the workplace. By working closely with employers, we develop learners’ self-confidence and skills in preparation for work, either within sheltered/ voluntary or paid opportunities.

    Project Search (Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor) 

    Working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr, Agoriad Cyf. (Engage to Change) and Project Search, the aim of the programme is the World of Work. Learners work within the hospital as interns and experience up to three rotations within different departments. The success of the programme over the last 12 months has resulted in a high percentage of the learners gaining work with paid employment.

  • Rhos-on-Sea


    Develops the learners’:

    • Confidence and self esteem - with opportunities to undertake practical sessions on outdoor learning, group work experience in community projects, Practical Sport, Practical Cookery and Practical Life Skills in our purpose built flat. 
    • Employability and work skills – classroom-based activities are provided on the Pre-Vocational courses to prepare learners for the world of work. Group work activities are organised in the community. By working closely with employers, we develop learner’s self-confidence and skills in preparation for work.

     Pre-Vocational WorkSkills 

    The course has a substantial work experience element – this is initially as a group work experience placement in Zipworld Forest, Farm and Pet Place and Bodnant Gardens. When the learner is ready, the work experience element moves towards an independent placement, in a workplace of their choice, if appropriate.