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Bedford College - Supported Learning Provision

The service aims to support young people into adulthood through a specialist curriculum within a mainstream setting. Students undertaking courses within the Foundation area have the opportunity to develop their independent living skills within our specialist flat; access the community via our excellent location within Bedford town centre; continue to develop their numeracy and literacy skills across the curriculum. Full time programmes consist of opportunities for students to:

• Develop their work skills by undertaking a weekly supported work placement and dedicated session to support their understanding of the world of work.
• The opportunity to undertake one or more option/s which meet their personal interest and/or career aspirations. These are delivered within specialist facilities by vocational staff with experience of working with young people with additional needs.
• All students will have a dedicated Personal Tutor who works with the student and liaises with parents/carers and other agencies to promote achievement and well-being.

The days and times of our services are unfortunately limited by government funding. Full time programmes for young people aged 16-18 are delivered over 4 days for 32 weeks of the year. Full time programmes for young people aged 19+ over 5 days per week between 10.30-3.00. Students access supported for full time programmes for up to 3 years.

Progression routes for young people from our supported courses are varied with students progressing onto level one or two courses cross college, gaining employment to undertaking a varied programme supported through social care which may include one day a week at college and continuation of their work placement. Student’s progress is regularly reviewed and discussed with the student, parent/carers and relevant agencies to support young people to support transition into adulthood.

01234 291652

Moulton College

To provide outstanding education and training opportunities in land based, construction and sports studies, for everyone who will benefit from them.

01604 491131

Northampton College

Northampton College's purpose is to provide high quality further education, training and associated services to Northamptonshire people and businesses. The College's mission is to enhance the lives of our students and other customers, maximising their potential through learning.

Ofsted has endorsed the achievement of Northampton College’s highest ever success rates recording a judgement of ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness as an outcome of its latest inspection in February 2013.

Northampton College has become one of the larger general Further Education Colleges in the region, with approximately 7,000 students, a turnover of over £25 million, nearly 600 permanent members of staff and another 300 working on a flexible basis. It offers a broad range of full-time and part-time courses, many funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). In addition, it provides Higher Education courses in conjunction with The University of Northampton, and provides support for a range of other organisations including the voluntary sector.

The College has completed a £75m three-year re-building programme at its main site at Booth Lane in Northampton, marked by an official opening ceremony in March 2012 presided over by HRH The Duke of York.

The College's largest site at Booth Lane now benefits from a brand new, state of the art building of 27,000m providing a high quality, modern design fit to educate and skill the County's students in the 21st century. The design of the building provides outstanding physical access for all users to all levels with disabled personal care facilities on every floor.

The College also has a base in the town centre of Northampton at Lower Mounts. This facility, extended in 2010, represents a significant investment in Northampton. It is an iconic building which contributes to the ambition of the town to re-develop itself and build on its strengths in the 21st century.

Extending in this way has enabled the College to improve its offer, including state of the art facilities for hairdressing and beauty therapy, an extended library, and enhanced information, advice and guidance services. Teaching and learning at Lower Mounts has been expanded to include business, languages, health care and Access to Higher Education.

In addition, the College has a substantial site in Daventry from which it delivers a range of full time and part time provision. The College has recently secured funding to re-develop its provision in Daventry and will be developing a purpose built campus in the Learning Quarter of the town with the new provision opening in 2016. The new build will also meet all DDA requirements for access.
The College recruits from across the county and also has a significant number of “out of county” students, with students from Bedfordshire; Leicestershire; Warwickshire and Milton Keynes all attending the College.

Northampton College's locally-delivered provision supports more than 4,000 full-time students, most of whom are aged 16-19, in programmes covering most curriculum areas. It has also extended its link provision with schools.

01604 734567

Success Hides In New Employment Ltd (Shine Ltd)

Success Hides In New Employment Ltd is an organisation that supports young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum as well as other learning disabilities, to find work placements that match their desires and enables them to show their abilities to a wide range of employers.

- Liase with all candidates to discover their dreams, aspirations and skills to enable our team to source the most suitable work placement.
- Support with writing a C.V.
- Full support whilst on work placement.
- Support with Access to Work application (once in paid employment).
- Work with employers to secure permenant employment after a successful work placement.
- Continue to support the candidate once employed for the duration of their probabtion period.

We work closely with companies, colleges, schools and families in Bedford and the surrounding areas.

01234 965978

The Royal National College for the Blind

To enable people who are blind or partially sighted, including those who have additional disabilities, to achieve their potential and engage fully in their community.

01432 265725