19a Cato Street
Heart of Birmingham Vocational College (previously Calthorpe Vocational Centre) launched in September 2014. It is a full time day provision that provides individualised learning experiences that develop key employability and supported living skills for students with moderate/severe and ASD needs.
If you are aged between 19 and 25, have an EHCP and an aspiration to work, then HBVC may be the place for you!
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with moderate learning difficulties
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with severe learning difficulties
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with communication difficulties
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with mental health needs
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students who use British Sign Language
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with emotional difficulties
The curriculum progressively develops skills required by employers to allow students to build towards the goal of paid employment in areas of their individual strengths. These skills are developed vocationally, linking to functional numeracy, literacy and ICT for the modern world of work.
A phased approach, over three years, builds in work placement and paid work opportunities across a variety of employment providers.
The curriculum offer develops the essential communication, social and life skills needed to develop independence and supported living and is completely individualised for each learner.
Many aspects of the curriculum link to a variety of vocational accreditation opportunities, including functional literacy, numeracy and ICT and leadership qualifications.
- Opportunities to follow vocational courses
- A hospitality and catering curriculum
- Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
- A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
- Opportunities to experience real work situations
- Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
- A transition programme into supported or open employment
- Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
The team at HBVC includes a number of learning, employability and pastoral coaches along with BSL and Makaton specialists; ensuring the personalisation of learning and individualised support for every student. Students have access to a range of theraputic services including counselling and speech and language therapy.
On site facilities include a vocational workshop and creative space. In addition to this students access a wide variety of facilities in the community including music and video production equipment, professional catering kitchens and a range of enrichment activities.
- Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
- Specialist training to enable independent travel
- Guidance and counselling services
- In-house speech and language therapy