HPC Supported Traineeship - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This is an employment programme for young people with SEND or Autism who are motivated to work. Usually students have been in further education for one or two years before progressing on to this course. The programme aims wherever possible to support you to transition into paid employment. It will also support the development of independence skills in preparation for adult life.

This is a 14-week course and you will spend six weeks in training to prepare you for working at Hinkley Point C. You will then undertake an 8-week work placement within Hinkley Point C or with one of their partners.Supported Employment Job Coaches will support you to be matched to the right work placement and gain job coaching.


You will be required to take the CITB Health and Safety Environment test as well as a HPC Induction programme.

This 14-week course offers a variety of employability learning opportunities including:

  • 8-week work placement
  • Visits to and from employers
  • Preparing for interview
  • Communication
  • CITB Health and Safety Environment Test
  • Personal and social development
  • Personal presentation skills
  • Work experience.

College hours will be 9:30am – 3:30pm. Placement hours will be confirmed with the employer.

Click here to read more about the Course Guidance for Applicants, Parents & Carers.


We are hosting a HPC Supported Traineeship Information Evening on Wednesday 28 February, 5pm – 6pm at our Bridgwater Campus.

Click here to find out more.

Assessment Methods

Following an initial assessment to establish your starting point, you will set targets for all aspects of your development and be assessed throughout in partnership with the employer. Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence including photographs, practical and written assessments. Staff also observe you in lessons and on work placement. Your progress will be monitored using these personalised targets through a learner journey. If not already achieved, you will be entered into English and/or maths qualifications at the appropriate level. You will attend English and maths lessons every week and complete an exam at a suitable time of the year.

Progression Options

On successful completion of the programme, you are prepared to enter the workplace.

Course Summary

Course Title HPC Supported Traineeship
Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a SEND need or Autism and want to move into employment by the end of the programme. Entry is subject to a successful interview and initial assessment.

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I found the entire experience of studying as an adult learner really rewarding, and decided to further my knowledge by progressing my studies to the next level. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my personal and professional development.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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