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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.
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
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.
On Track aims to enable young people to:
- Experience positive achievement and success in the learning environment
- Acquire diverse skills and knowledge in preparation for adult life
- Develop a positive desire to learn constructively and effectively throughout life
Youth Inspired is a specialist education provider for adults and young people aged 16+ who have learning difficulties. Our core programme is called Improving Choices; a full time course designed for learners leaving school, or recently left school, who are not able to access college or employment opportunities. Applicants must be aged 16 - 25. The course runs for up to three years, depending on funding being approved by the Local Authority, and the programme is built around the needs of the learner. We offer a range of subjects including; English, Maths and ICT as well as social skills, personal development, independent living skills and vocational subjects. Subject are accredited through Gateway Qualifications, (formally OCN Eastern region), and BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) offering nationally recognised qualifications. Referrals to this course come through from the Bedford Borough SEND team.
Subject to funding availability we also offer adult community learning courses in a range of subjects. They are designed for adults with a learning difficulty or mental health condition or other barrier to learning such as ASD. These are short courses lasting 8 - 12 weeks. Professionals are able to refer people aged 19+ or learners can refer themselves. The subjects offered are agreed annually. These courses are free at point of access for learners. These courses are also accredited through Gateway Qualifications.