First Place Training

What our service does

First Place Training is a unique training provider because we aim to cater for each individual's needs within a nurturing and dynamic environment. The core of our business is aimed at getting young people back into education and employment. We recognise that not every student will have the same requirements, ambitions or indeed problems and what we are really are trying to do here is make a difference to their lives. We try to offer appropriate opportunities to those who may not have attained highest prior achievements.

The key ethos of our provision is:
A personalised programme for each learner, based on their starting point and their planned destination.
The opportunity to have achievements recognised through nationally accredited qualifications.
Bespoke term-time programme for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities is planned. The primary focus is personal independence. Options can include:
Personal Social Development
Vocational Skills (Computing, Child Care, Hair & Beauty and Motor Vehicle
Work experience
Outing and travel training to increase independence

Many learners with learning difficulties or disabilities will be working towards supported employment or independent living, but others will be heading for other destinations such as Traineeship or an Apprenticeship. A carefully managed programme with support is put in place to enable them to progress successfully.

Location of our service

All the courses are delivered at The Mansards, Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2RX.

Motor Vehicle courses are delivered at First Place Training Centre, College Street, Kemptson.

Who our service provides for

First Place Training work in partnership to effectively include young people aged 14-19 years of age with learning and communication needs.

Our provision is offered to those who may often have a combination of special educational needs, in the areas of Communication and Interaction, and Cognition and Learning. This will include many those with complex communication difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The provision consists of a personalised and flexible programme of support, which can be updated regularly, and will vary from individual to individual according to their specific needs.

Our dedicated team of staff will work to meet the specific needs of each individual. Centre Manager has the responsibility to support all learners with any issues other than those which are course related. Good links have been established with other agencies if additional support is needed or if further signposting is required.

How to start using our service

To apply for any of our provisions, either call the centre or come in for an informal chat. A formal interview will be arranged on mutual agreement. After the interview the learner will either be offered a place on his/her chosen course or he/she will receive advice on alternative provision elsewhere

We encourage prospective learners to come in for a taster session. This is offered to all learners so that they can make an informed choice about their studying.

Funding has to be applied for and this may not always be successful. However, personal budget can be used to pay for the service.

Small groups of learners are taken to give them the optimum service. Therefore enrolment is based on first come basis.

How decisions are made about who can use our service

The decision to enrol a learner on any of the services provided is mutually agreed with all parties. Most important being the learner. All the options are carefully discussed with the relevant individuals before any final offer is made. The procedure is transparent and everyone is kept fully informed of all the actions that are taken.

How we communicate with our service users

Our website outlines all the services we provide. Leaflets and promotional materials are usually designed for specific events.

Personal tutors are allocated to each student who provide teaching input, feedback on academic performance, build a close working relationship with the student and provide support on personal issues. Additional one to one support is also provided to those with learning difficulties and disabilities. Initial Assessments carried out at the start of the programme will assist in identifying the type of support required.

Learners will have an opportunity to voice their opinion as session evaluation is conducted quarterly. Personal reviews are carried out every 6 weeks. This is a two way form of communication; it gives the learner the opportunity to comment on our services and for us to relay the progress made. Parents or relevant parties are invited to these reviews.

Accessibility of our service

Our premises are in the town centre and the main bus station is about 10 minutes walk. The Bedford main train station is about 15 minutes away. There is a public multi storey car park nearby. Unfortunately, the Bedford Centre does not have facilities for wheelchair users, disabled changing and toilet facilities.

Qualifications and training of our staff

First Place Training ensures that staff keep up with their Continuous Professional Development. They regularly attend courses that are applicable to the services we provide and Safeguarding is mandatory. We have a team of dedicated staff on our Safeguarding Forum. All our staff are members of the Institute of Learning.

General Contact Information

Below are the people that direct contact can be made via email, telephone or in person.

Contact details:
First Place Training, Bedford
Darshan Ohbi - Centre Manager
Tel: 01234 262004

First Place Training, Kempston
Nick Duggan - Centre Co-ordinator

Contact for more information

Darshan Ohbi
The Mansards, Tavistock Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2RX
01234 262004
Opening Hours:
9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Record Last Reviewed On: 15/12/2015