Accredited Training

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Accredited Training – Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness (SEPE)

SEPE is BTEC qualification being offered by Edexcel and Superact.

The SEPE award is designed to help those who may find accessing traditional routes to employability challenging, to build confidence and gain a meaningful qualification.

It is also hoped that in taking this qualification students will develop a passion for learning through the unique holistic delivery of this course.

These qualifications are designed to help learners to gain and retain a job, and then to advance in the workplace, through development of the soft skills that employers are looking for: adaptability, a ‘can do’ attitude and objectivity about strengths and weaknesses.

The SEPE award is recognised on the Qualifications and credit framework (QCF)

Content and Delivery

Delivery of the SEPE award takes place over 50 hours of guided learning and there are four learning outcomes (and thirteen assessment criteria):

  • Develop and use communication skills
  • Make a positive contribution within a team
  • Demonstrate employability skills in a group project
  • Reflect on personal effectiveness skills and qualities for employment

The award can be delivered through any form, as long as the learners meet the learning outcomes. Superact has found that an artistic approach works very well and has delivered SEPE using music, storytelling, photography and spoken word but it could the qualification could also be achieved through sport, cookery, design for example.

The basic Level 1 SEPE award is the first Unit of the larger SEPE BTEC. Learners can add on additional units in interview skills, looking for a job, self-assessment, producing a product. There is also the possibility to go on and do other qualifications which Edexcel (or indeed any examination body) offer.

Who is it aimed at?

The SEPE award is appropriate for a diverse range of learners including:

  • 14-19 year old learners
  • Adults returning to study
  • Those seeking to develop greater independence
  • Those who have not yet achieved accredited qualifications
  • Those with specific learning needs

The SEPE qualification was initially developed through a pilot at HMP The Verne in Autumn 2007. During its development SEPE was used particularly successfully with socially excluded groups such as: young people at risk, ex-offenders, offenders, Pupil Referral units, under 16’s in FE, adult learners with disabilities, long term unemployed.

How could it work for you?

  • Do you support people who are unemployed/ looking to return to work?
  • Do you work with people suffering from mental health?
  • Do you work with young people not in education, employment or training?
  • Do you work in a prison/the justice setting?
  • Do you need a qualification which assess soft, employability skills and is easy to deliver?

The SEPE award could be just what you are looking for to support your clients.

The SEPE award has proved itself to be an excellent way of re-engaging participants with learning, making them learning receptive and providing them with the skills and confidence to take the next steps to employment or further education or training.

If you are interested in discussing how to accredit your work with the SEPE award please do not hesitate to contact Kirsty Winnan on [email protected]

Recent Delivery Examples

Superact was the lead partner on PEETA, and looked at the transferability of the SEPE qualification in five prison settings across Europe. The settings for the pilot project were in the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Turkey.

For the duration of the project, members of the Superact team trained artists and delivery staff in all of the partner countries and oversaw the delivery of pilot projects in five different European Prisons. The overall aim was to develop suitable training materials which could be adapted for use across Europe and deliverable via a range of art forms.

This project was funded as part of Devon County Council’s initiative to engage hard to reach NEETS (not in education, employment or training) in the County. Superact worked closely with Devon County Council, Career SW, Young Devon and the Children’s Centres across Devon to engage young parents aged 16- 19.

SEPE was delivered using graffiti, textiles, storytelling, healthy cooking and drumming as a 12 week course and was delivered across four geographical areas – Exeter, Tiverton, Teignmouth and Tavistock. The programme aimed to improve the self-esteem of young parents; enabling them to think about getting back to education or training whilst also meeting other young parents.

Superact engaged 22 young parents between the ages of 16 and 19 (extended to 19 by DCC); of those young people 10 went back into education or secured apprenticeships and workshop placements.

This project was delivered through Tribal new futures, part of the NOMS Co-financing Programme which is jointly funded by the European Social Fund. It aims to prepare those aged 17-24 to enter the job market, return to education, or some other stable activity by developing their personal skills.

Superact used the SEPE course to achieve the outcomes specified by the Tribal programme. We used Graffiti art as the activity because it would engage this age group well. The course took them through graffiti art techniques, had trips out to see graffiti art, had an opportunity to write a letter in the style of a job application, encouraged group working to come up with ideas for pieces and to work on a final project. These activities teach personal skills such as working together, showing initiative, taking direction, good time keeping, expressing ideas and doing so develops personal confidence.

The SEPE course was followed by a six-week period of mentoring in order to maintain the momentum and inspiration created by the course. The volunteer supporters worked with the three goals that participants set themselves at the end of the SEPE course. All six of the participants were in work or education by the end of the mentoring period, thus meeting the Tribal objectives. Overall, this first course has proved extremely successful with the new futures Case Manager who was very excited by the results and optimistic for the future direction of the participants.

SEPE with external organisations

In the last year Superact has been supporting the delivery of SEPE with the following organisations:

Tandem Theatre, Manchester

Tandem Theatre are a charity who run accessible arts programmes in different community settings across Manchester to enhance people’s self esteem, build confidence, boost social skills, increase emotional health and well-being, engage participants with informal learning and ultimately to bring joy and purpose to people’s lives.

They recently delivered SEPE to a group of vulnerable adults at a homeless centre in Manchester, funded by the European Social Fund – these are drama based workshops that lead to a final performance.


The MAP (Music Arts Project CIC)

Music Arts Project CIC serves its surrounding communities by supporting schools with their showcases, resources and access to provision regardless of socio economic circumstance. They deliver work in schools to create productions (music) that can integrate into the curriculum and provide the young participants 14+ with the SEPE accreditation.

Finding Rythms

Finding Rhythms takes some of the UK’s top musicians into prisons to help talented inmates record albums of new music. In the process they develop core employability skills through SEPE and offer an opportunity for beneficiaries to create a new and positive identity for themselves; one that is unrelated to the “criminal” that others and indeed they themselves may see.

Finding Rythms and Superact have worked together on several projects with SEPE being the framework for delivery.

Chris Syrus

Chris has been working with Superact for a number of years and now uses SEPE in his work in London with young people delivering crime prevention workshops using the creative arts. The workshops are aimed at deterring children and young people from offending. Workshops include creative writing, theatre, music and spoken word poetry. The focus is on building confidence, communication skills and self-esteem, while inspiring young people to engage in education, training and employment.

Looking to accredit your participatory work?

Superact is working with a number of community arts organisations to accredit their participatory workshops. Many arts organisations would like to accredit the learning that takes place on an arts project but in a way that doesn’t interfere with the creative process.

Superact are able to train your organisations artists and practitioners in how to deliver SEPE. We offer a one day training course led by Superact’s SEPE Trainer covering how creative practitioners can accredit their practice with the SEPE qualification, explaining the process of BTEC accreditation, what the learning outcomes of SEPE are and training participants in how to structure their delivery in order to meet these learning outcomes.

Superact is a registered Pearson Centre and as such are able to work with organisations to accredit their work. Superact will do all the administration and internal verification to register learners, assess work submitted and process certificates through Edexcel.

If you are interested in discussing how to accredit your work with the SEPE award please do not hesitate to contact us [email protected]