The Pre-Internship pathway is a full time course that is based at Medtia Square, our site in Oldham town centre. Young people can join the pathway in Year 12, Year 13 or Year 14 and can stay on the pathway for up to three years. This pathway has been designed as a stepping stone for students interested in moving on to our Bridging the Gap project, our post 19 supported internship course, Future Finders or into paid employment.

The curriculum offer includes a core of Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and a Careers/Independent Living Skills programme over a period of two days each week. On the remaining 3 days, the students participate in termly work placements with numerous employers across Oldham. Over one academic year, students will participate in three long term placements for around 10-12 hours per week. Students keep a portfolio of evidence and work towards an ASDAN Employability qualification. Placements are diverse and varied and could include:

• Housekeeping
• Administration
• Shop Assistant
• Kitchen Assistant
• Waiter
• Library Assistant
• Retail assistant
• Leisure attendant
• Teaching assistant
• Nursery assistant

We currently work with many employers across Oldham including Premier Inn Hotels, Oldham Leisure Centre, Oldham Library, Beefeater restaurants, Oldham Plastics, Tesco and many, many more. This pathway ensures that every student has many opportunities to gain real ‘on the job’ experience to prepare them adequately for the world of work. Placements are chosen with the students, to ensure that the roles are in areas of work that they are interested in where possible. Students will be asked to try a variety of placements to gain a deeper understanding of as many career areas as possible.

Entry onto this pathway is currently by invitation only. Students are selected by our pastoral teams and families are contacted individually should we feel that the course is suitable for their child.

We also offer weekly work experience opportunities to any student at New Bridge and families are able to discuss this with their child’s pastoral manager or head of year at any time.