Entry 3 / Level 1 LEAP Hub Multi-Trades

Intent & Curriculum purpose:

Developing independence, communication and personal skills, with an introduction to a diverse range of employment skills. LEAP Hub Multi-Trades enables learners to develop practical skills in a variety of trades-based activities. Students learn to enhance and facilitate instruction and how to behave appropriately within a practical working environment.

Programme Outline:

LEAP Hub Multi-Trades is a practical based programme that focuses on developing a range of transferable skills in our dedicated workshops that will help students to prepare for life after QAC and progress on to the next stage of their chosen career pathway.

Supervised by our Multi-Trades team, students can experience using a number of tools and equipment in a safe working environment. Theory such as health and safety in the workplace and safe working practices is also covered.

Students can also develop their knowledge and understanding of motor vehicles through practical skills in a dedicated garage workshop environment, complete with a full working car lift among other specialist tools and industry recognised equipment.

Areas covered within this programme include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Manual handling
  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Listening, communication and understanding of what is needed in a practical workplace environment
  • Teamwork and independent skills
  • Problem solving
  • Following a working routine
  • Painting and decorating
  • Woodwork skills and carpentry
  • Tiling and DIY skills
  • Brake and exhaust servicing
  • Engine rebuilds
  • Cycle maintenance
  • Engineering products

Work Experience:

Planned in groups and through individual work experience. Internal and some external where appropriate. Placements enable students to develop their confidence, employability and communication skills, increase their knowledge and provide an insight into the work setting.

Internal placements take place on Friday mornings within our Multi-Trades department (Service Point.) Students work on their customer service skills, money skills and communication skills. External placements include carrying out work at an external allotment and QAC’s Community Services Hub.

English and Maths:

Discrete sessions in English and maths including a qualification route, where applicable. English and maths is also embedded into the course through unit work such as; reading instructions, using tape measures and rulers and written work.

Additional skills development:

Personal and social development is also offered to students through independent living skills (ILS), confidence-building, teamwork, citizenship, rights and responsibilities and healthy living which includes accessing the on-site College gym. In addition, students will have access to a wide range of ongoing wellbeing and mindfulness initiatives.  

On successful completion, progression is likely to be: full/part-time employment, further education, a supported internship or apprenticeship.