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This course supports those who aspire to go into employment but are not quite ready to enrol on an Internship. It is designed to improve employability skills through working at Petroc’s Liberty Centre.

You will benefit from a supportive working environment where you can improve your confidence, customer service and teamwork skills.

The course includes a work placement for two days a week in the Liberty Centre Cafe where you will gain experience in customer service, catering, handling money, budgeting and working in a team within the placement. You will also have the added responsibility of marketing the cafe.

For one day a week, you will come to college for your curriculum work which includes tutorials, Maths and English, and employability skills.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB349 (2024)
Level : Entry Level
Duration : 1 Year
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Course details


Learner’s who have not achieved grade 4’s in Maths and English will have the opportunity to work towards achieving them through formal exams. Informal assessments will be gathered by your tutor and Liberty Centre Manager when in the Liberty kitchen and restaurant, plotting progress made in soft skills such as teamwork, working independently, using initiative and following instructions. Your improvements in catering and customer service will be assessed by observations.

Entry Requirements

For all learners joining Entry Level Study Programmes, there are no formal entry requirements, however you will have a one-to-one interview to discuss your personal learning needs. You will also be required to study English and Maths at an appropriate level to suit your ability.


Upon completion of this course, you can progress onto one of the college’s Internship programs.

Facilities and resources

You will utilise the Liberty Centre – a social enterprise hub that will provide you with realistic context-specific opportunities to enable you to become ready for employment and supported employment. At the heart of The Liberty Centre is a busy and vibrant café, open to the public with a commercial kitchen.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Starting Date : 09/09/2024
Course Code : FTB349 (2024) North Devon Campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.