ASDAN students at Coleg Gwent achieve SENDI qualification

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This week ASDAN students from Coleg Gwent Crosskeys Campus were presented with certificates by Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, for their participation in the European Special Educational Needs and Disability Inclusion (SENDI) project pilot. The SENDI project, which ASDAN is proud to be supporting, aims to develop and test new adult employability qualifications and units for learners with SEND.

The students from Coleg Gwent were the only students in the UK to achieve this qualification, through their fruit and vegetable Community Food Co-operative. This was supported by the Rural Regeneration Unit, an award winning social enterprise. The co-operative involves students ordering, packing and selling high quality, low cost fruit and vegetables to staff and students at the college, allowing them to gain valuable and transferable skills.

The students, from the Independent Living Skills (ILS) department at the college, have been working on their co-operative for the past two years and this pilot has given the department the opportunity to accredit their hard work.

Around thirty of the students from the ILS department have also been undertaking the ASDAN Diploma in Life Skills qualification, based around the development of personal, social and employability skills. This qualification is aimed at pre- and post-16 learners working at Entry 1, 2 or 3; units include Independent Living, Personal and Social Development and Preparation for Work. 

ASDAN would like to congratulate all of the students and staff for this achievement. You can also read a blog about our visit to the college this week for the special presentation.