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.


Bath City Farm and Learning 4 Work have linked up and undertaking an AQA Level 1 Animal Care project. Four young people have completed the initial 6-week programme from November, and a new cohort will be starting in March. They have gained new skills and knowledge by working with their peers and staff members at the Farm, developed their social, mental and emotional wellbeing and especially enjoyed working with the ponies, goats and rabbits. This is an ongoing arrangement throughout the Learning 4 Work programme which will assist young people to discover their interest in the animal care/farm work industry.

Throughout J’s time on L4W he has completed his function skills English course, Work Experience with a software development company, and taken part in VR and coding workshops. He has also developed his independent skills through cooking sessions, applications for ID, started his driving theory practice and working on improving his self-care and mental health. 
J has really thrived with the increased demands of moving onto the Step-Up course as well as completing sessions here at Southside and managing a social life outside of his education. He has been able to build his social skills to give him the best chance at moving onto the next chapter ahead. 


‘I like that interaction with Key Workers isn’t forced on you, you can choose what to be involved with. I’m a little nervous about moving onto Step-Up at college as I don’t know how that will go.’

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Although the pandemic has halted a lot of Work Experience placements, Learning 4 Work young people have managed to take part in many vocational sessions. Highlights have been completion of CSCS intense course for those who are work ready and 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 signing up to driving theory, food hygiene Level 2, nutrition and first aid qualifications. As soon as we have the green light for the road out of lockdown, our current links with the local community can re-commence and Learning 4 Work young people will be able to jump into their work placements.

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