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Autistic young people learn new skills during work experience

The first term of a new academic year is always an exciting time as we welcome new learners onto our campuses and look forward to seeing returning learners after the summer break. The first half of term is a busy time for understanding the starting points of our young people and ensuring continuing learners settle back into learning swiftly. 

Travel training is an important part of what we do at college. Young people are training on specific routes to support their onward destinations post-college or learning how to be safe on roads. 

Learners are already busy with work experience, going out to placements such as the Ealing Project where Max has been getting to grips with the ordering system for the café. We will be putting another cohort of learners through barista training with Well Grounded Coffee in King’s Cross. One of our West Thames learners is designing prints at Amanda Kelly, which has the potential to turn into an apprenticeship. Another young person has been working on the IT help desk at the Financial Times. 

The other big project this term is bolstering our enrichment offer to give learners a wide range of experiences in the arts, sports, and wellbeing. So far, we have enlisted workshops from Zest Dance and Haringey Shed (drama) with more exciting plans for five-a-side football and DJ workshops on the way.