Career Development Programme, London & Eastbourne
Twin Work and Volunteer’s Career Development Programme offers students a great opportunity to add valuable work experience and a Level 3 BTEC Award or Certificate in Work Skills to their CV.
Eligibility at a glance...
Minimum Age: 18yrs
English Level: B1 (Functional English)
Visa Requirements: EU National/EEA Passport Holder/Holder of a Tier 4 Visa
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For individuals and groups
Twin Work & Volunteer’s Career Development Programme allows students to gain an internationally recognised, accredited UK qualification, attained through guided classroom study and practical work experience in the UK. The programme comprises of a period of intensive study and an internship, which enables students to learn about work skills and employability and then put this knowledge into practice.
There are three forms of the Career Development Programme: CDP 1, CDP 2 and CDP 3. If a student chooses to take CDP 1, they will receive an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Award in Work Skills, and students taking CDP 2 or 3 will receive an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate.
The course begins with a number of weeks of study, depending on which version of CDP is chosen, and a work placement, sourced by one of Twin’s experienced placement advisors to match the student’s career objectives. Throughout their time with Twin, students have access to Twin’s unique e-Learning platform, in which they can create individual study plans and practise English at their leisure.
The programme also includes half board homestay accommodation to house students during their time in the UK. Twin’s friendly and welcoming host families allow students to practise their English more regularly, and integrate themselves into English culture. Students are also encouraged to participate in our lively social programme, to meet other students and experience various attractions and activities that are available to them locally.
- Minimum age: 18
- English level: B1 Functional English (IELTS 4.0 or equivalent)
- Tier 4/5 visa for non-EU nationals (EU nationals do not require a visa)
- High school graduate
- Application requirements: CV, motivational letter, completed application form, Skype/telephone interview
- An internship placement chosen to match a student’s career aspirations
- 23 hours of Work Skills tuition per week (during study period of programme)
- Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Award or Certificate in Work Skills
- Half board homestay accommodation
- Access to Twin’s e-Learning platform, from time of booking until 3 months after programme completion
- Twin Certificate of Achievement and Attendance (awarded upon completion of the internship)
- Information, advice and support
- Multilingual internship placement officers
- 24-hour support & emergency contacts during the internship work placement
- Half-day orientation at the Twin Training Centre
- Access to the Twin Training centre – complete with IT suite (free wifi & internet access)
- Reference from employer
What’s not included?
- Flights or train journeys
- Sightseeing activities
- Insurance (for EU Applicants from outside the UK)
Students enrolling onto the Career Development Programme can choose between CDP 1, CDP 2 and CDP 3, which allows them to decide how long they want to study and work for, and which qualification they want to gain. During the study period of the course, students will undertake 23 hours of tuition per week. For the practical side of the programme, students carry out a work experience placement, from 9:00 until 17:30, Monday to Friday. New courses begin each month.
|CDP 1||CDP 2||CDP 3|
|Programme Length||9 weeks||15 weeks||24 weeks|
|Classroom Studies||6 weeks||10 weeks||16 weeks|
|Placement||3 weeks||5 weeks||8 weeks|
|Qualification||Level 3 Award||Level 3 Certificate||Level 3 Certificate|
The Study Programme
Depending on the Career Development Programme chosen, students receive between 3 and 9 units of tuition, before being assessed for their Edexcel Award or Certificate. The business-related modules include elements such as critical thinking, improving interview skills and solving problems related to work.
Completing an internship is also an integral part of the programme, as it allows students to develop their understanding of the professional world and apply what they have learnt during the study programme, as well as making them significantly more competitive within the job market.
Examples of sectors in which students can be placed include:
- Marketing & sales
- Travel & tourism
- Design & media
- Finance & accounting
- Insurance & law
- PR & advertising
- HR & administration
- IT & software
Twin’s interactive e-Learning platform provides an ideal way for students to improve and practise their English around a work placement. The platform allows students to create individual study plans and easily find lessons appropriate to their level of proficiency.
Students can choose to undertake the study period of the Career Development Programme at either of Twin’s two British Council accredited English Centres, in London or Eastbourne. The English Centre in London offers easy access to England’s vibrant capital and its variety of sights and attractions, while Eastbourne is a picturesque UK seaside resort, providing a relaxed atmosphere for study, while still allowing excursions to London. Students carry out their internship in London.
Accommodation and Food
Homestay accommodation is included in the price of the Career Development Programme, which means that during their time in the UK students stay in a comfortable and safe environment with Twin’s experienced host families. Host families are a great way for students to immerse themselves in British culture and the English language, and hence make the most of their time in the UK. Homestay accommodation includes half board catering.
For more information on accommodation please visit our accommodation website
How it all works
Please contact Twin Work & Volunteer’s sales team for a quote based on your student’s needs, and allow at least 4 weeks prior to the student’s desired start date for booking.
During peak seasons, group bookings should be made 8 weeks in advance of the desired start date for it to be guaranteed. Please note, we are more flexible during the rest of the year, so please do not hesitate to enquire about last minute bookings.
Prior to booking, the CV of all students wishing to enrol are required by our placement team, and a skype interview will be arranged to assess the student for their internship. Following this all placement arrangements will be communicated to the student before they arrive in the UK.
Transport can be organised to bring students straight to their accommodation upon their arrival in the UK, (extra fee applies). Please enquire for more information.
Following their arrival in the UK, on the first Monday morning they arrive at Twin School, students will have an Induction for their Work Skills classes. Following this, students are required to attend a Work Experience Induction during their second week of studies. The Work Experience customer services team will contact the Education department to discuss a suitable time and day for their induction. At the induction, Twin staff will ensure students are happy with their accommodation and give them more information about their placement, including travel and health & safety advice.
Placements are midway through the CDP Programme and our Work Experience Team will work with the student to make sure they are fully prepared. Our team will also arrange an interview with the students host company prior to the start of their placement.
Finishing the course
Following completion of their studies and work placement, students will receive their Level 3 Award or Certificate.
For more information on our Career Development Programme, including prices, please contact our sales team.