Student Support Services

People 1st has an approachable and friendly Student Support Team who are here to provide students with assistance through every aspect of their training journey

Student life may be exciting but it can also be demanding. People 1st has an approachable and friendly Student Support Team who are here to provide students with assistance through every aspect of their training journey.  We ensure students have access to a full range of services, creating a support network to enable them to reach personal and academic goals.

Click below to find our about our full range of Student Support services.

  • Education & Learning Support

    People 1st offers a range of services to all students who attend our Training for Success Programme, including:

    •      Digital assessment methods and access to e-portfolio
    •      Student Google email accounts and access to Google Apps
    •      Use of computer suites and  free printing facilities

    We provide an initial assessment of individual learning needs and offer various additional support services where required:

    •       Literacy and Numeracy support classes
    •       Learning support aids and equipment
    •       Special arrangements to support assessment completion e.g. extra time in exams, scribes, electronic aids
    •       Arranging additional support from external agency partnerships
    •       Specialist transport arrangements for disability restrictions
  • Careers Advice & Guidance Team

    People 1st offers a free Careers service to all students on the Training for Success Programme across all our Training offices.  We provide focused and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to support students in making informed decisions about their education and employment options. 

    Students have access to one-to-one guidance sessions held weekly by our Careers Team. Advisers assist students in careers, employment and higher education planning. Support is also given in completing applications, whether into employment, internships, apprenticeships or other college courses.

    Our Careers Team works with Student Support Officers to source suitable student work placements in students chosen vocational industry. This is a vital part of the student programme allowing them to learn from practical work experiences and gain fundamental industry specific skills.

    Volunteering opportunities are also sourced to provide students with invaluable CV building options and additional references for job applications.

    Previous students have found that work skills and knowledge gained from work placement and volunteering activities have been a fantastic boost for their employability, helping them meet job role criteria in the competitive world of work.

    Career Advice and Guidance Team Services

    •     Focused careers planning sessions for each vocational area
    •     1:1 consultation with designated Career Advisers to assist with progression opportunities and applications throughout the programme.
    •     Employability classes to develop a wide range of transferable skills for preparation for the world of work
    •     Guidance in understanding the local job market and job search techniques
    •     Advice and guidance in completing job applications and expert support in creating a personalised CV
    •     Understanding how to submit digital job applications
    •     Job interview techniques and practice
    •     Attendance at local careers fairs and College open days
    •     Job taster days via industry site visits
    •     Access to careers information and further education opportunities for all vocational areas through digital software programmes and reference material.
  • Student Financial Support

    People 1st provides clear guidance on the financial benefits to students on our Training For Success Programme. 

    •     Educational Maintenance Allowance of £40 per week 
    •     Student bonuses of up to £360 throughout duration of the training programme*
    •     Paid holidays
    •     Travel expenses*
    •     Help with Childcare costs*
    •     Help towards purchasing suitable work placement uniforms*
    •     Advice and guidance on applying for additional financial support for higher education upon course completion
    •     Personal money management and budgeting sessions
    •     Access to a NUS student cards for student discount across various shops and restaurants.

    For further advice and guidance about financial support while on our programme please contact a member of our student support team at your nearest People 1st Training office.

     *Eligibility criteria applies 

  • Student Welfare

    People 1st offers a range of services to support students with various issues such as self-esteem, stress, depression, learning barriers, family or personal relationship issues and addictions.

    We have strong links with support organisations and specialist services approved by the Department of Employment and Learning, to ensure all students receive access to support networks where required.

    All Training offices have designated Student Support Officers and an appointment can be made to speak with an officer, in most cases, on the same day.

    For information about our Pastoral Care Polices, contact our Designated Officer Patricia Moley on 028 92600309 or email

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