Skills Passport & Foundations for You

For young people ages 16-25 who have additional support needs

Personal Learning Programmes – based on real life experiences

This full time course , for young people with learning difficulties and /or disabilities, offers a wide range of opportunities to suit the needs of individual students.
We use vocational and leisure based learning to improve English, Maths and IT skills- with the aim of preparing you for employment or further training. The course promotes developing independence skills e.g. through independent travel and decision making.
When you are ready we will find appropriate work experience for you and support you in this experience. We will then support you to find paid work or move you on to further education and /or training. Swarthmore Careers service can help you plan what to do next


Course Dates: The new term starts on Monday 9th  September . Recruitment is throughout the year.

Course Times and Attendance:  From September 2014

New people:30

Skills Passport –  for the first 10  weeks attend Mondays  and Tuesdays 10 – 4 , Wednesday  10-12 then progress to Foundations for You –   Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs  10 – 4

Continuing Students:  who have completed the Skills Passport will attend   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 – 4

What you will get from the course

Improved confidence and independence , improved English, Maths and IT skills, The opportunity to work with a Job Coach and get experience of work through job placements, Open College qualifications to recognise the progress you make, improved social and personal skills through taking part in projects and visits  to places of interest . The course will include one session of Arts/Crafts and one session of tutorials/job search.

We visit galleries, museums, cities, parks and other places suggested by the group.  We use public transport or walk. Projects include arts and crafts or other activities. Our class sizes are small (no more than 10 people) and our tutor team has a Maths specialist, English specialists and a Job Coach plus  Learning Support Assistants and course Manager. The ‘Skills Passport’ is funded by ‘igen’  through the European Union Social Fund and the remainder of the course is funded by the Education Funding Agency through Leeds City Council. We will start recruitment in June and July 2013 but it is possible to join the course at anytime. (there will be a holiday in August)

The courses can last for up to 3 years but this can be varied depending on individual need and progress. Most people will attend for about 2 years but some may need a longer or shorter course.

To meet the students /tutors and find out more  – please call the course manager Amanda Torbitt or contact the course team at Swarthmore  to arrange your visit. 01132432210  Places are very limited.