Preparing students for working life with on site placements

Presfield High School and Specialist College in Southport is dedicated to helping young people with autism leave their education with the best possible skills to get them ready for life socially and also from an employment perspective.

Staff from the Ian Williams’ Liverpool offices will be supporting Presfield to achieve this by every two months, dedicating a team of three or four, including a foreman, contracts manager and decorator to take students onto sites where they’re working and let them experience real life operational scenarios.

Ian Williams’ Business Manager, Kenny Rushton who has instigated the relationship with Presfield comments: “Presfield is an amazing place but obviously offers of work placements from local employers are vital. Thanks to my team contributing to the initiative, we’ll be able to help support each student’s learning plan to reach specific social targets based on the Autism Education Trust matrix. Bespoke placements like these are the only way for young people to gain actual experience of what life is really like at work. We’re really looking forward to working with the school and the sixth form students.”

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