Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

The Learning Place - Branching Out

Address: The Learning Place - Branching Out, The Learning Place, 6 Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth, PO2 8HH

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Brief description of what services your organisation offers:
The Community Learning Service offers a wide range of informal learning opportunities for adults aged 19+. The programme includes a small dedicated "Branching Out" programme for adults with mild to moderate Learning Difficulties / Disabilities (LDD) including; self- confidence, basic cooking, drama, independent living skills, some specific workshops in arts and crafts and employability.  Some of these courses will be subject to a small fee
 
Where the service is based:
The service and the majority of the Branching Out programme is based at our dedicated centre, The Learning Place in North End. Where appropriate, programmes are also delivered in a range of community venues although this is often more targeted. Additionally, chargeable, bespoke provision could be negotiated in community venues beyond that which the Community Learning Service is able to subsidise.
 
What the organisation provides - types of interventions and support:
Our "Branching Out" programme is delivered by a qualified adult tutor with specialist experience of working with this community and, where possible / required with a learning support assistant).  The courses look at existing skills levels of individuals and work to improve on that baseline.
Community Learning delivers Family Learning workshops and courses which seek to engage parents in the life of the school and in their child’s learning. Provision is usually arranged in partnership with the school / setting and linked to the school's priorities.
The service has a small Traineeship programme for young adults aged 16-24 who:
• are not currently in employment and have little work experience, but who are focused on work or the prospect of it;
• are qualified below level 3; and
• have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a traineeship.
 
Eligibility Criteria:
Entry on to our programmes varies depending on the provision. In general, provision is designed for adults aged 19 and over (16-24 for traineeships) and, for our "Branching Out" programme, usually includes an informal interview. The programme is designed to support those who have some independent function and can follow very simple instructions. Support workers and carers are often able to participate as well.
Our traineeship programme has addition entry requirements and a more formal application process in order to ensure it is suitable for interested individuals. Contact us directly for further information. Traineeships are not suitable for individuals who:
• require very intensive support beyond that available through the traineeship programme. [For young people who are further from the labour market and need more intensive support before they can engage, additional help is available through 16 to 19 study programmes (including supported internships), wider training provision and the Work Programme.
• Those who are very close to employment or already have high levels of attainment are likely to be successful in finding opportunities themselves.
Traineeships aim to help the intermediate group, providing the skills and experience they need to move into sustainable employment.
 
Quality standards and expected outcomes for children and young people and their families accessing your services:
Community Learning is a grade 2 (good) Ofsted service, providing outstanding outcomes for learners.  All our learners should expect excellent learning experiences with outcomes that match their needs and capabilities.  Outcomes are expected to include improved self-confident, ability to function independently and an increased ability to engage in leisure pursuits.
 
How can this service be accessed?
Please browse the website http://www.webenrol.com/portsmouth to find out about the fun and varied courses we run. We seek to offer high quality courses at the best value. All of our courses are subsidised by the Skills Funding Agency. Some of our courses have a fee, often with a reduced fee available for those on income-related benefits, and some courses are free! If you want to know more, or can't find what you are looking for, drop-in to The Learning Place, phone or email us - we will be pleased to help you find the course you are looking for.
 
How and who to make a complaint to:
In the first instance please talk to the staff at The Learning Place. For further information, please see the Community Learning Service's complaints policy at: http://www.webenrol.com/Portsmouth/default.asp?page=policies
Contact Details:
Tel: 023 9262 1860
Address:  The Learning Place, 6 Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth PO2 8HH
Email address: thelearningplace@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Tel: 023 9262 1860

Service Category: Adulthood, Education, Learning and Work

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