Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes
Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAP) enable businesses to create a skilled workforce and also support the unemployed by helping them to re-train and apply for jobs in different sectors.
The programmes are designed to help businesses meet their immediate and future needs and help them to grow by recruiting a workforce with the appropriate skills.
Each SWAP is flexible and they are suitable for young people and jobseekers over 18.
SWAPs are usually six week programmes with three main components:
- Pre-employment training matched to the needs of your business sector
- Work experience placement – giving your business the opportunity to identify talent
- A guaranteed job interview or help with an employer’s recruitment process.
At Coventry College, we are delivering a range of SWAPs to help jobseekers gain experience and skills in different sectors including Care, Customer Service and Business.
As well as work placements, anyone signing up for the programmes will also be expected to attend our College’s City campus.
Catherine Yeta, Sector-Based Work Academy Programme in Care“
I really enjoyed the course and would like to thank the College for providing some much needed positivity, joy, openness and diversity through the programme.
I’ve left the college on a high, I’m feeling very good and positive about myself and this just shows you should never think you’re too old to be employed.
I’ve now lined up some voluntary work at an Enterprise Club and I’ve also registered myself online as a volunteer to support and befriend people.”
Teaching Assistant Sector-Based Work Academy
Delivered in collaboration with SMILE Education this short course is designed to help job seekers train and prepare for a career as a Teaching Assistant. You’ll learn via a mixture of face-to-face classes, online learning and work placement in a school.
On completion of the four-week programme learners will be able to apply for a Teaching Assistant role with SMILE Education and undertake a Level 1 qualification in Working in Education.
To be eligible you must be:
- Aged over 19
- Unemployed or claiming Universal Credit
- Living in the West Midlands Combined Authority area.
Starting Monday 13 June, 1pm
Call us on 02476 791700 or email [email protected] to find out more.
SWAPs can benefit your business by:
- Fulfilling your recruitment needs
- Enabling you to spot new talent
- Identifying skills gaps in your business
- Providing pre-employment training
- Developing opportunities for existing employees
Find out more information and guidance for employers about SWAPs.