Vocational & Professional Training

Changing lives through professional & vocational skills

Providing skills and counselling to people who have experienced drop out, homelessness, long term unemployment and vulnerability to gain skills that will improve and enable them become economically independent citizens
We are committed to accountability and effectiveness in our programmes and training. We work diligently to secure opportunities for work experience

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Activities- Training

Welcome to our training page, our courses have been developed with an understanding that not all young people are able to follow the traditional school curriculum and a vocational pathway suitable for both KS3 & 4 are needed. All our courses encompass elements of life skills necessary for survival in our society and breaking through into a number of career areas. Interior decoration & handmade sewing, Media Training, Food & nutrition and Citizenship are just a few to choose from and do not require any prior learning. All courses involve a variety of fun teaching methods including field outings, project work, role plays, practical demonstrations, group discussions and much more.

Our flexible training packages:

Taster days: this course is of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about interior design, media or hand sewing as a career or for having a fun day out.
Taster sessions are taught by professionals

Interior Design

An Introducing to basics in interior design; Psychology of colour and basic colour theory, space planning, lighting effects, design and furniture styles.
Workshops: we offer fun, informal workshops which cover tips and techniques to maintain your home. We can offer completely bespoke workshop packages so if you have some spare furniture laying around, or a room in your centre that needs some attention, get in touch, as we can help you beautify your space and items at low cost.

Six week courses: these courses are designed people who want to improve their home, build on their skills or interested in a career in interior design.

There are three units which offer three credits towards a Level Two, Interior Design Skills Award. In addition we offer a Level One Decorative Paint Effects course, this is locally recognised unit and credits cannot be transferred within the NOCN framework of courses.

An Award in Interior Design Skills – a three-month course taught by a professional Interior Designer, there are three units to complete. This course runs one session a week, lasting six hours each.

The units include: • Level Two, Colour Theory and Design
• Level Two, Design Inspiration
• Level Two, Background to Design
• Level One, Decorative Paint Effects Unit (locally accredited)
Do you know someone who would like to start a new career or hobby in Interior Design?
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professional Beautician Training

We offer a full range of beauty treatments, from Manicures to Pedicures, Waxing to Massages, in a friendly, personal and relaxed atmosphere. We offer first class training through our highly qualified and caring therapists, our training include a wide range of carefully created holistic therapies and beauty treatments guaranteed to relax and invigorate inside and out. Please feel free to get in touch or simply walk in for a chat...

Interior Design

Why Interior Design?
In the first quarter of 2011, 60,000 British households were living in temporary accommodation. 75% of these precarious lives are being lived in London. We work to support these people, those who've experienced homelessness, the long-term unemployed and vulnerable women.

Homelessness is an endlessly complex problem, and we’re going to need more than just bricks and mortar to combat its causes. ‘Daytime Homelessness’, research carried out by Crisis (2005), revealed that ‘almost all service providers and most service users believed that a lack of something to do was unhealthy and detrimental to people’s chances of moving on. It was also felt that the longer people were unoccupied and bored, the greater the likelihood that they would become drawn into what some respondents referred to as “hostel life” … and eventually becoming homeless again.’

One respondent hit the nail on the head: “People might go back [to the streets] because they can’t manage in a flat without furniture and no means to furnish it, or because they are placed in the worst housing miles away from anyone they know.” In everything we do we’re trying to help people to change their material circumstances, increase their employability by learning new skills, and boost their self-esteem by simply believing that they deserve a place to be proud of that they can call home.

St Academy

Programme Information: At ST Academy a variety of courses are available to meet the needs of the learner which is agreed at an initial interview. Time spent at the college will vary from course to course and is dependent on the point of entry for each pupil. Qualification - Subject; Awarding Body; Level:
The subjects available include:
Health and Social Care
Food & Nutrition
Performance Art - Music
Cultural History
Functional Skills, including ICT, Maths & English are run alongside the courses.
Number of Places: Variable

Profile of Learners:

Young people in KS3 and KS4 who are excluded, at risk of exclusion, on a modified timetable or where school cannot provide suitable provision for the needs of the learner.
Age Range - Min: 14
Age Range - Max: 19
Start Date: September
End Date: July
Day(s) and Time(s):
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2.30pm
Cost:£85 per day

Our Philosophy: ST Academy recognise that the first vitally important step is ensuring that learners reengage once they have made mistakes in mainstream it to provide an alternative place where they can make a new start and are assured of a support in place that works closely with them and their parents/carers.
We believe and have proven that giving an alternative atmosphere of support and belief in pupil’s ability to achieve drives them to achieve. Target Groups:
Young people in KS3 and KS4 who are excluded, at risk of exclusion, on a modified timetable or where school cannot provide suitable provision for the needs of the learner.
Strengths and Specialism:
Provide a wider range of provision in vocational areas and excellent academic and pastoral support. In addition we have an excellent tracking system to manage learner progress and success. Our home school liaison officer meets with parents at home and provide an essential link between the home and school in support of our pupils.

Who we are/ staffing profile of key staff:

Headteacher Anne Downie B.Ed, M.Ed, PQSI
Deputy Headteacher Yvonne Edwards B.Ed
Adminstrator/Examination’s Officer Tonya Hepburn-Smith
Home School Liaison Officer - Vacancy
Behaviour Manager – Emmanuel Imure

Admissions and Referral Process:
Referrals from schools or LEA parents/carers or other professionals are welcome. An initial interview is then arranged with the learner, parents/carers, key worker or representative from the pupil’s school. This is followed by a curriculum meeting to discuss the appropriate course where learners may be required to sit a diagnostic test.

Facilities - Learning Environments: Our accomodation offers adequate facilities for hosting meetings with parents ad small group workshops Free School Meals Eligibility : Yes

Behaviour management: Our behaviour policy is displayed throughout the school and each young person as well as their parents are required to sign these befre starrting at ST Academy. Behaviour for learning is crucially important for individual success and we ensure that all our students understands this.

Progress reviews:

Progress reviews are completed every 6 weeks and sent to schools/LEA and key worker. Reporting to Students and Parents/Carers: Progress reviews are completed every 6 weeks/half term and sent to learners & parents/carers and any partner organizations who may have made the referral. Category: Alternative Education Provision
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