Rutland County Council’s Transitions Coach is responsible for maximising opportunities for Rutland’s young people with additional needs who may need help accessing positive opportunities once they have left school.
How can the Transitions Coach support young people?
The Transitions Coach will work with students in Years 10 and 11 who have been identified by their school as needing extra support in accessing positive opportunities once they leave school. They will also introduce themselves to Year 9 students as they are nearing the end of the academic year, and explain their role and the support they can offer as students progress into Year 10.
The Transitions Coach will then work with a cohort of students throughout Years 10 and 11 and build positive working relationships with them, identifying and highlighting their strengths in order to build their confidence. Their work will be carried out through a ‘Life Skills’ approach, either on an individual basis or as part of a group.
My background is in Children’s Services and I have extensive experience of working across the 0-19 agenda, including in Youth Justice, managing Children Centres, Youth Services and Early Years. In many of my previous roles I have placed an emphasis on the importance of Education, Employment and Training, and have experience of supporting young people and their families with achieving positive outcomes. I also have experience of working with employers and supporting them in arranging work experience and internships for young people.
How can the Transitions Coach support parents and carers?
The Transitions Coach is experienced in working with children and young people aged 0-19, and as part of this, has also become experienced in supporting parents and carers. They will support parents and carers of students who may need extra support, and advise them on the most suitable learning opportunities available. They will also be on hand to answer any questions that they may have throughout the process, or signpost the family to access further relevant support.
How can the Transitions Coach support local employers?
The Transitions Coach will work to build positive relationships with employers and encourage them to provide a young person with the opportunity to work for their organisation. They will inform employers of the options available, whether it’s a work placement – i.e. a Supported Internship, Work Experience a Traineeship -, an apprenticeship, or a permanent position. They will encourage employers to recognise the benefits that a young person can bring to their organisation, and assist them in securing the right person for their organisation. Once a young person is placed, the Transitions Coach will ensure that they support employers with any help required throughout the placement.