My Futures Programmes


What is a Pathway Programme?

The Pathway Programme recognises that many young people lack confidence or understanding of the core skills and qualities that are necessary for employment or to get the most out of vocational learning. It also recognises that for many, they may not know what career route is the most appropriate or how to realise their potential. Employers will often acknowledge that academic achievement means little if a potential employee cannot function effectively in the workplace because of poor communication skills, awareness of health and safety or rights and responsibilities. Similarly, vocational studies in further education or apprenticeships require an individual to be able to manage and organise time, work independently and meet deadlines.

The Pathway Programme will see students work towards three City & Guilds qualifications over the academic year:

Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Employability Skills

Functional Skills Maths up to Level 2 (GCSE resit if eligible)

Functional Skills English up to Level 2 (GCSE resit if eligible)

Functional Skills ICT or Essential Digital Skills up to Level 2

Teaching and learning would involve participation in a range of practical activities to help embed skills and knowledge in the context of employment and independent living. Students will also get the opportunity to gain compliance qualifications relevant to a vocational area such as Emergency First Aid, Food Hygiene, a CSCS Card, Manual Handling or Safeguarding.

How will this benefit the student?

Students will receive work experience to support them in a vocational Traineeship in one of the following areas:

Hairdressing / Barbering

Business Administration / Customer Service

IT / Digital Support

Property Maintenance Operative (covering plumbing, electrics and building maintenance)

Early Years / Teaching Assistant

Course Duration

1 year.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. We have an open door policy and you will be invited to undertake an initial assessment to help you choose what course best suits your requirements.

Next Steps

You could progress to a Level 3 Diploma or an apprenticeship.


Student Story

I have been a student at Sutton and District Training for about two years now. I have completed two courses, (Level 1 Health and Social Care and Employability Skills), Level 2 functional Skills English and Level 1 Maths. I am awaiting results for my English GCSE and Level 2 Maths. If it was not for Nick and the whole Sutton and District Team, I would not have been able to be where I am now. With their help, I have overcome my anxiety and I am also more confident in my day-to-day tasks.

Sutton and District believed in me when no other college would. Nick understood that my priorities were different to the other students as I am a mum to a little girl but still treated me with respect and adjusted the timetable and still having the upmost faith that I am still able to achieve anything I put my mind to, even though I am not able to attend as many days as the other students.

This September I will be starting a level 2 Counselling course which will help me develop personal skills and also give me an opportunity to widen my knowledge. I will then be starting an Access course in Social Science in 2022, which will help me attend a university to study Criminology. If it was not for these qualifications that I have achieved at Sutton and District, this would not be possible.

Student Story

I would say Sutton and District Training (SDT) is not only a college, but also my second home. The environment there is quite peaceful, and the tutors are really friendly. When I first joined the college, I didn’t have many friends, afterwards I began to make friends through my college. In my opinion, SDT exceeds my expectations of a college because the tutor is really experienced and open for any questions asked by students.

My course is about Function Skills Level 2, and Employability, I am not British, but I was never excluded from the group. My greatest accomplishment is a Placement with Galliford Try ( UK’s 5th biggest construction company) arranged by SDT, and I am grateful for that. I have completed my course with flying colours. I have developed my soft skills, particularly effective communication, all thanks to my tutor. Thanks for having me and supporting me on my future path and career.