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Skills For work and Living

Our independent skills centre provides a discrete and highly-effective provision for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, offering first-class education delivered by dedicated teams of specialist and experienced staff.

Students study in our two specially adapted houses with newly built classrooms, a large greenhouse, a small outdoor sports area, gardens and a chicken run, where they gain the opportunity to engage in a range of learning to develop their independence and vocational work skills. Students can also start with, or progress to, Pathways where they attend classes in the main College environment preparing them for mainstream courses.

Work Experience

The life prospects of a special educational needs (SEN) student are massively improved when they get a helping hand into the world of work. Our students have a brilliant track record with local employers in a range of areas. All placements are fully supported by a specially-trained work coach.

Ability Not Disability

The life prospects of a special educational needs (SEN) student are massively improved when they get a helping hand into the world of work. As well as boosting their confidence, work experience gives our young people a chance to show what a positive contribution they can make to an employer and your customers.

Our students have a brilliant track record with local employers in a range of areas. All placements are fully supported by a specially-trained work coach meaning there’s no additional support needed from your business. Our students have challenges but they are hard-working, enthusiastic and eager to support and learn from you and your team.

Our students have made a huge difference to so many businesses and we’d love chat with you to discuss what they can offer across many sectors. We also have a glowing recommendations from top employers in the area.

Students

As you can see, we’ve found work experience placements for our students in a huge variety of places – and we’re always finding more! We can help YOU find what you want to do, support you in the placement, help you with transport there and back, answer your questions and deal with any worries you might have (Everyone has them!).

You can talk to your Course Co-ordinator about work experience placements, and you can also come and talk to us about the kind of work experience or job you think you’d like to do.

You may want to try different kinds of jobs – that’s fine, it’s a good way to find out what you really want to do. We can arrange a ‘taster day’ with employers. That way, if you try it for a day and decide it’s not right for you, it’s ok, you don’t have to go back.

Getting work experience on track

Land Rover Experience, Rockingham

Our students were the first to ever gain work experience at this prestigious corporate training site with tasks spread across the off-road course and cleaning the vehicles. The employer laid on a special program designed for the students including clearing the tracks, building a new part of the course and ensuring the Land Rovers were ready for the next clients.

Part of the community

Don’t Lose Hope Café, Bourne

This very special little café in the heart of Bourne has Bourne’s wellbeing at heart. It provides a drop-in centre and venue for workshops and events offering support to people who need it or just someone to talk to. The staff are kindness itself and it has been a real privilege for our students to work among them and learn from them that sometimes a cup of tea and a piece of cake delivered with a friendly smile can make all the difference to someone’s day.

Saloon selective

The End Hair Salon, Bourne

This small but highly successful hair salon has been a good friend to the college over the years, taking on our Hair and Beauty students and giving them invaluable working experience to increase their portfolios. More recently, the owner Greg Warren has opened his doors to our Skills for Work and Living students, and now our Mollie is able to learn the skills for what she really wants to do – make everyone’s hair look as cool as hers!

It has been an honour working with Ben. The dedication within himself has led to excellent results! – Rob Bradshaw, Posh Football Ground.

BENJAMIN PARRISH

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