Work Based Training Programme

Work based training allows students the
opportunity within their chosen area and
work towards qualifications. This could be
City & Guilds , Open College Network or
OCR. A vocational training manager monitors
progress and assesses an individual's ability
to carry out certain tasks. Individuals can
also work on a one to one basis with a work
coach volunteer to help gain individual

This training takes place on Chapel Bar,
Nottingham within our Social Enterprise -
Cafe, Shops & Reception.

Entry requirements
Learning disabled adults do not require any
qualifications to be part of out project, but
will be required to have:

  • enthusiasm and commitment
  • good communication skills
  • a good standard of personal hygiene
  • ability to communicate with the public

We will pay your reasonable travel expenses
i.e. bus fares on production of a valid ticket,
taxis with prior approval, registration fee,
the awarding body's log book and
certification upon completion.

Individuals will be expected to provide a
white, or light coloured shirt or T-shirt and
dark coloured skirt or trousers. Sensible
shoes, not trainers, must be worn.

Protective clothing will be provided as and
when necessary which individuals will be
expected to wear to comply with legislation.

How to Apply
An application form must be completed and
details of two referees supplied. Successful
applicants will be invited for an informal
advice and guidance chat.

A six week induction period of one half day
session per week will be organised within
the chosen area of study. After six weeks
the manager will then invite the individual to
discuss what they have achieved, what they
have liked and disliked to enable them to
move forward, either to choose another
area to try, or to gain accredited work based
qualifications for employment / volunteering
prospects and compile an individual learning
and development plan.

Application forms are available from
House. If you would like to someone about
training in a specific area please ask for Sue
for catering, Suzanne for retail, Tony for IT or
Alyson who is the Education and Training
Work Based Training
Training Courses on Offer

NVQ Catering and Hospitality
From Entry 3 to Level 2 in Food
Preparation and Cooking,
Prepare and Serve Food, and
Food and Drink Service.

NVQ Retail
Levels 1 and 2 in Retail Skills.

Chartered Institute of
Environmental Health (CIEH)
Level 1 Award in Food Safety      
(3 hours plus exam - 15 multiple
choice questions)
Level 2 Award in Food Safety
replaces foundation certificate in
food hygiene. (6 hours plus exam
- 30 multiple choice questions)

OCR Computer Studies
Advanced and various OCN's.

OCNEMR Basic Skills
Covers a wide range of literacy
and numeracy topics to include
time, money recognition,
shopping, communication,
reading and writing.

NVQ Business Administration
Offered at Levels 1.

NVQ Cleaning and Support
Offered at Levels 1 and 2.

The Café
The café is open to
the public from
8.30am to 3pm
Monday-Friday and
offers delicious, home
produced meals
cooked to order and
snacks. The café is
staffed with a
full-time manager, a
part-time assistant
and learning disabled
catering trainees.
The Shops
We have two shops. One sells new and
donated clothing and the other is a book
and gift shop. They are staffed with a full
time trainer and part time shop volunteers,
with the operational management being
supervised by a volunteer Trustee of the
Society. Qualifications can be gained in this

This qualification offers practical experience
of manually cleaning a variety of surfaces,
health and safety issues as well as being an
effective team member. Qualifications can be
gained in this area.

Reception Duties
Customer Service requires a consistent focus
on discovering and meeting customer needs
and requirements. Working in the reception
area provides an opportunity to learn the
personable skills needed to deal with the
public. Qualifications can be gained in this

Business Administration
Business Administration is designed to train
in office practices relating to effective team
work, health and safety issues, dealing with
incoming and outgoing mail and filing for
paper based and computer systems.
Qualifications can be gained in this area.

Supported Open Employment
Opportunity for supported/open employment
via the external agencies we work with.

We are able to offer one-to-one support for
employability skills to include CV writing,
personal hygiene, communication skills,
interview skills, interview techniques, travel
training, etc.

Student liaison group and group advocacy
Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG)

Advisors are available to discuss your
educational and training requirements.
They will signpost you to the appropriate
training provider to meet your needs.

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