Progress with Portland

This tailored learner journey can support you to develop your confidence, skills and experience further to help you transition smoothly into the workplace. 

The programme can last for an academic year and will focus on core independence skills and work experience in your chosen industry. You will also be able to improve your English and maths.

A typical week could be two days a week at college studying employability skills and then additional days on work placement. 

Who’s it for?

This learner journey is for people aged 19+ who have ceased their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Learners must be 19+ on 31st August of the starting year.

You will need to make your own transport arrangements to and from college as transport support is not available for this programme. 

Lots of Progress learners have been Further Education learners at Portland who need a little bit more support to prepare them for employment.

Case Study

Will joined Portland Progress in 2020 after 2 years of Further Education at Portland. 

In that time, his confidence has grown hugely and he has developed some really strong employability skills. 

As well as external work experience placements, Will enjoyed a long-term placement with Portland’s marketing team where he was able to explore another employment route that closely matched his interests and skills.  

In this role, he interviewed learners to find out about their Portland experience. He took photos, recorded videos and edited footage together to create promotional materials for the College. 

He was heavily involved in the Learner Awards day in 2021, where he registered visitors and showed them to their seats.  This was a great confidence builder for Will who often feels nervous meeting and speaking to new people. 

He also carried out market research and general administration duties, giving him a wide range of skills to take into a new role. 


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Our delivery locations

Portland College
Nottingham Road
NG18 4TJ

Antenna Nottingham
Beck Street
Creative Quarter

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