Sector-based Work Academy Programme – Learning Support Assistant

Course Overview

Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAP) are innovative training initiatives designed to bridge the gap between job seekers and employment opportunities within specific industries. These programs offer a comprehensive blend of sector-specific training, employability skills development, and real-world work experience to prepare individuals for successful entry into the workforce.

The duration of SWAP varies based on the specific industry focus and the depth of training required. Typically, programs last between 2 to 6 weeks, comprising a mix of classroom instruction, practical training, and work placements.



Developing Employability Skills

In addition to technical skills, SWAPs place a strong emphasis on developing core employability skills. Students receive training in areas such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, time management, and customer service, enhancing their overall readiness for employment.

We’re currently running a SWAP for Learning Support Assistants. The programme  is designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the role of supporting learners in educational settings. This programme focuses on developing knowledge within Children and Young People’s Mental Health as well as Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values.

As part of the programme, students will also benefit from guest speakers who will share their experiences of the role as well as offer an insight into their journey.

Students will also undertake real life work experience with the support of an experienced LSA mentor. Work experience will be focused on supporting High Needs, EHCP, vulnerable learners with a range of physical, learning and emotional difficulties.

Following successful competition of the SWAP, students will be offered a guaranteed interview for the role as Learning Support Assistant at TyneMet College.


Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

  • Unit 1: Understand children and young people’s mental health in context

Learn about the concept of mental health and how society’s view of mental health has changed over time. Discover the legislation in place to support mental health.

  • Unit 2: Understand factors which may affect children and young people’s mental health

This unit uncovers the risk factors that can affect young people’s mental health and how these can be mitigated. Explore developmental changes and how puberty can impact mental health.

  • Unit 3: Understand children and young people’s mental health concerns

Discover the behaviours displayed that may indicate a mental health concern. Find out about common mental health conditions that affect children and young people.

  • Unit 4: Understand the impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns

Investigate the impact of mental health concerns on children, young people and others and develop an understanding of the importance of diagnosis and the reasons why children and young people may be reluctant to seek a diagnosis.

  • Unit 5: Understand how to support children and young people with mental health concerns

Here you will explore person-centred approaches to supporting children and young people with mental health concerns, how to promote mental well-being, and the services and treatment involved with children mental health.


Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values.

  • Unit 1: Principles of safeguarding

Learn the definition of safeguarding and the national and local context of safeguarding and protection from abuse. Develop an understanding of the types of abuse and the duty of care through the principles that underpin safeguarding of children, young people and adults. Develop the skills needed to appropriately respond to a disclosure of abuse and what a person should do if a disclosure takes place.

  • Unit 2: The importance of British Values

Explore the principles of British Values and learn about the relevant legislation concerning human rights and counter-terrorism. Define the term liberty and the impact of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation. Learn how prevent duty supports British values.

  • Unit 3: The prevent duty and its importance in society

Define prevent and CONTEST and develop an understanding of the threat of terrorism. Learn key principles in duty and safeguarding including the factors which may make an individual susceptible to becoming radicalised and the actions, including reporting procedures, that should be taken if there are consents that a vulnerable individual or group may be at risk from radicalisation and more.

  • Unit 4: The importance of online safety

Discover the positive uses of internet activity as well as the surface web, deep web and dark web. Develop skills to identify individuals who may be vulnerable online and the risk of negative online activity. Learn the signs that an individual may be using the internet inappropriately, how an individual can be supported to change their online behaviour and more.


To register your interest in the SWAP, complete your details here.

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