A variety of traineeships are available. Students will be encouraged to explore various areas of work to build up experience and understanding of the different types of workplace environments and the skill sets required. This helps with CV building and opens up future job and career opportunities in working life with employers whilst establishing and maintaining confidence as they can demonstrate an employment history complemented with a reference.

As a student progresses through Pioneer, they will be given communication and interaction experience within the wider Phoenix Park (face to face, telephone and ITC) with the general public who book and subsequently visit as well as participate in the sports activities onsite. This experience will help develop the interpersonal and communication skills required for a successful transition to independent living. Naturally in their free time students will have the opportunity to participate supervised in the activities onsite.

Work experience and Independent Living Skills Programme

Once students reach Stage 3 of their student journey, they can undertake work experience in a vocational area of their choice (supervised by staff onsite) including marshalling, catering, administration, mechanical engineering, event management and ground works. This experience will help them build their CV whilst establishing confidence as they can see evidence of employment experience and they have a positive reference. 

Successful completion of a traineeship will allow a student to access a variety of part-time paid work on the wider Phoenix Park site whilst they continue with their education and training at Pioneer’s school. This will enable students to transition into working life and develop the appropriate employability skills to maintain a full-time job.

Prior to undertaking work experience, we talk through the options to discover what they’re passionate about, what skills they have, what skills would be useful for them to obtain and what they might like to have a go at. 

Equally as important is that students develop their independent living skills. Within the residential lodges the care staff team ‘step up’ the Independent Living Skills Programme to enable each student to budget more successfully and look after themselves post social care, including personal hygiene, wellbeing and basic domestic skills around the home.

We want our students to:

Succeed in education

Knowledge and learning can equip young people for life, regardless of the subject. We’re focused on ensuring our students succeed.

Be happy and healthy

The most important achievement for our students is to be happy and healthy. We equip them with the tools they need to become this.

Build good relationships

Learning the skills to build healthy and strong relationships help our students to grow as individuals and become well-rounded adults.

Have a safe place to stay

Have a safe place to stay - Feeling safe and secure is crucial for many of the young people that walk through our doors. The stability & structure of TEC Life enables them to feel this.