Training & Life Skills Programme
Vocational Lifestyle Learning Centre Mission
Transition to employment is a vital step for anyone, especially if you have learning differences. A supported, adapted and structured environment is needed to help enable our trainees to reach their full potential.
Our trainees experience hands-on employment in our coffee shop whilst developing integral life skills in the vocational training center above. They produce a portfolio of work which enables them to demonstrate their skills in a style which suits their needs and receive certification for the units they complete.
The coffee shop is adapted with visual supports, colour coded equipment, sensory and quiet areas, information points and staff who are trained in key word signing. For those who don’t need or no longer need these supports, they are removed to ensure progress.
By giving our trainees simple tasks we know they can achieve, we instantly see a boost in their confidence and self-esteem. Gradually we introduce more challenging activities which they are prepared to tackle. So often, they have not been given the chance to succeed and at Steps we aim to change that.
Vocational Lifestyle Learning Centre Vision
We are working to create sustainable employment opportunities and empower employers to see the benefits of employing people with autism. Join us in creating a community of acceptance.
The Centre’s vision is to transform a negative ratio into a RATIO OF HOPE and encourage the community to help us achieve this by providing opportunities for neuro-diverse individuals.
We aim to achieve this by :
Creating awareness of the many strengths and capabilities of people diagnosed with ASD and similar learning challenges.
Offering specialist-led, accredited vocational training which promotes skills for employment and independence in life, in general.
Encouraging businesses to offer sustainable employment opportunities for people diagnosed with Autism and/or other neurodevelopmental challenges.