The Whole Person Approach
Education & Training
Click here to download our care planning information sheet on Education and Training.
"I have found
being on the Agored course really helpful. Socially I feel more intergrated.
I want the course to be the base to building my self esteem. It feels
like a benchmark for building goals for my future." - Michael, North Wales
Education and Training can play a key
part in your recovery: this is the area of life in which you can explore your
interests, catch up on basic skills like literacy and numeracy, or achieve
goals which will help you get the job you want.
1. What do you want to achieve?
with every life area, you should be ambitious with your long-term outcomes and
identify any unmet needs. For many people the goal may be to achieve general or
career-related education and training goals, whether or not resulting in a
you are already on a course of study (e.g., in school or college), your aim may
be to continue with your study or to re-engage with it. You may want to explore
different ways of learning: you can choose to study full-time or part-time; to
get specialist support; to use long-distance learning packages (such as through
the Open University); or to access adult education and training opportunities
in your community.
main aim may be to achieve a specific qualification which will support your
interests or getting a job. If you are already employed you could discuss with
your employer what training will support you in your role, and whether they
will fund it or provide you with the time to do it. There are also courses
available which will enable you to gain life skills, social skills or skills in
managing your recovery.
don't have to attend a structured course to start learning: if a qualification
is not your goal then you can take up self-study through reading, the internet,
using your local library, etc.
2. What actions need to be taken or services need to be provided
to achieve your goals?
Next think about the actions that
need to be taken to achieve your goals, and what services need to be provided
to support you
● Careers advice service
● Education service from school, college or
● Information and advice from your Local
● Financial advice, e.g. from Student Finance
● Identifying your
skills and interests
● Talking to your
employer about training options
● Discussing your education/training goals with
a careers advisor
● Discussing with your
current education provider (e.g. school or college) how you can be supported to stay in education
● Identifying and contacting education providers
such as colleges of further education
● Researching what courses are available
● Finding out about distance learning packages
● Identifying and
accessing community education
● Getting training in life skills such as
managing your own mental health
● Enrolling on a course of study
● Getting a student loan
● Accessing specialist learning support services
● Pursuing self-study activities by using your
local library or the internet.
3. Who can support you to achieve your
Your Local Education Authority is a
key source of support and can advise you on what education/training
opportunities are available locally. Your Careers Adviser can also discuss
training options with you.
● Local college/university
National Learning Centre
● A family member and/or other carer
● Care Coordinator
resources and links on Education & Training
Information on Welsh schools here http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/
A good starting point for vocational training is
Careers Wales http://www.careerswales.com/en/ - click
on the Jobs and Training and Education and Courses tabs
Details of all Further Education Colleges in Wales
can be found here http://www.collegeswales.ac.uk/en-GB/home-1.aspx
Details of Universities in Wales here http://www.whatuni.com/degrees/university-colleges-uk/university-colleges-wales/71/1/universities.html
The Open University in Wales http://www.open.ac.uk/wales/