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Learning for Work is a course for young people who cannot access mainstream college provision. We succeed in engaging young people in education. The course is for young people who have previously had disrupted schooling and whom often believe that the education system does not meet their needs.

Our flexible approach puts the young person at the heart of what we do, letting them shape their future. The staff build genuine and supportive relationships with students, modelling resilience and determination and not giving up, providing young people with the support they need, when they need it. Key workers ensure students are kept safe, working collaboratively with families, carers and other professionals. The programme offers an individualised, inclusive, creative curriculum, helping students work towards their goals and become the people they want to be.

The programme is personalised to meet your needs, but our standard offer includes:

  • On-going 1:1 support from a Key Worker, with engagement activities to suit you.

  • Accredited Maths and English sessions, delivered in small group settings.

  • Support to find and attend work experience and/or volunteering opportunities.

  • Help to complete forms; to get ID; to set up your own bank account.

  • Practical taster days, music sessions, vocational training, online learning.

  • Gym/fitness sessions, arts and crafts, cookery, Thrive.

  • The opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as First Aid, Food Hygiene, Driving Theory test, CSCS card.

  • Support to gain employment or move onto further training, an apprenticeship, or mainstream college.


Find our online referral form here or download an offline version here. You can download our referral guide here.


All young people will need to have an EHCP and a referral will need to be made by the allocated SEND practitioner. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you would like any further information.


L has blossomed on the L4W programme, she was highly anxious and had a strong attachment to Mum before starting the programme, L would prefer only 1:1 sessions or small groups. L4W’s holistic approach has supported L to feel confident moving onto her next chapter through independent learning, group sessions and 1-2-1 support.

‘I’m really going to miss being at Southside, the staff are so friendly, and I have built a real bond with my Keyworker. I’m nervous to start my apprenticeship but also really excited.’

Read the full case study here

Learning 4 Work young people take part in many vocational sessions including hair and beauty, CSCS training for those interested in the construction industry, virtual reality and coding workshops delivered by one of our volunteers which have been a huge success for those interested in computing. Many young people have also been completing driving theory, food hygiene Level 2, nutrition and first aid qualifications. Learning 4 Work young people are completing their work placements in childcare at a local toddler group, bike repair workshop and the catering industry.

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Watch a short video explaining the Wheels Project and find out about one of our students experience with the programme.