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Learning Matters

At Volunteering Matters we have an established history of providing learning opportunities alongside the promotion of volunteering and social action. In Ipswich we run a number of learning opportunities under our LEARNING MATTERS brand.

Our study programme for 16 to 18-year-olds is especially designed to help young people who want to enter employment and get on the career ladder. This programme helps young people who are missing the vital qualifications they need to get started in their chosen fields. Through a mix of qualifications, work experience and enrichment activities young people are able to build their skills and confidence so they can enter employment.

SEND

We offer a programme for learners aged 16-25 years with SEN, Young people are referred onto the programme via our open referral system, helping them build social, life and employability skills. We tailor each learning plan to the needs of the young person and support them with any barriers to learning they might have, this could include travel training or accessing the community. 

We work in small groups with the young people supported by fully trained volunteers and have a flexible approach to learning. All our qualifications are accredited and we can offer them from Entry level 3 to Level 2.

We encourage all learners to attend a work placement whilst on programme with us and this can be supported by a volunteers.

Our programmes range from 16 to 33 weeks and the learners are expected to attend for approximately 20 hours, we do encourage support visits before the young people start with us and this can be over a period of time so they get to know the environment and staff and make the transition to us as smooth as possible.  

For a referral form please contact Rachel Harrington, Learning Manager rachel.harrington@volunteeringmatters.org.uk 

ESOL

Through our ESOL programme we help non-English speakers gain the necessary English skills and confidence to improve their employability skills and integrate into the community.

All our learners are individually assessed before starting their course and keep an individual learning plan recording progress, Progress is also measured through monthly reviews ands target setting  and end of course reviews.

EMPLOYABILITY

You’ll choose personal development options, depending on your individual needs, such as:

  • Personal career planning
  • Improving your confidence
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Preparing for work
  • Customer service skills

MATHS, ENGLISH & ICT

Most employers want to know you have skills in English and Maths at a certain level, usually level 2. Our courses will get you the required standard so that you can start applying for jobs. Here at Learning Matters we work in small informal groups so you can progress at your own pace without feeling pressured.

ENRICHMENT

Can be any activities that offer enrichment to the student and that are relevant to their study programme such as personal and social development

This could be as part of informal certificates such as Life Skills, work experience and work related activity such as preparing CVs and practising interview skills and techniques

Field work or a piece of work such as a survey/research which is integral to the study programme.

WORK PLACEMENTS

We work with employers to give young people work placement opportunities.

Work experience enables a young person to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside adults working there, and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work.

Work experience is designed to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. It can help young people become aware of jobs they have not previously thought of, help inform career choices, offer a chance to prove themselves to an employer, enable young people to develop the relevant occupational skills and help instil the attitudes and behaviours expected at work

If you’re an employer interested in working with us please contact us.

We can also offer you information, advice and guidance

We know you’ll probably have lots of questions. That’s why we offer free information, advice and guidance at all our centres. You can talk to us about anything, including:

  • Bursaries
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Training opportunities
  • Qualifications
  • Jobs and volunteering
  • Work experience
  • Keeping healthy and fit
  • Personal matters
  • Help to support your learning

Who to contact

Name
Rachel Harrington
Position
Learning manager
Telephone
01473 418014
07711 497429
Email
rachel.harrington@volunteeringmatters.org.uk
Website
http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/volunteering-matters/young-people/join-our-learning-programmes/
Address
The Old Crown Court
Civic Drive
Ipswich
Suffolk
Postcode
IP1 2DX

Additional contact

Name
Kate Landells
Position
Study programme Coordinator
Email
kate.landells@volunteerinmatters.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Learning matters
Address
The Old Crown Court
Civic Drive
Ipswich
Suffolk
Postcode
IP1 2DX
Area served
Ipswich, South Ipswich, Babergh, Capel St Mary, Stowmarket, Kesgrave, St Edmundsbury, Bury St Edmunds, Mid Suffolk, East Ipswich, Suffolk, North Ipswich, Felixstowe, Needham Market
Parking available
Yes

Days & Times

Monday-Fridays
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon

Other details

Referral required?
No
Age Groups
16-25 years, Young people
Accessibility
Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet
Service users involved in planning
Yes
Last Updated
14/09/2016

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We offer a programme for learners aged 16-25 years with SEN, Young people are referred onto the programme via our open referral system, helping them build social, life and employability skills. We tailor each learning plan to the needs of the young person and support them with any barriers to learning they might have, this could include travel training or accessing the community. 

We work in small groups with the young people supported by fully trained volunteers and have a flexible approach to learning. All our qualifications are accredited and we can offer them from Entry level 3 to Level 2.

We encourage all learners to attend a work placement whilst on programme with us and this can be supported by a volunteers.

Our programmes range from 16 to 33 weeks and the learners are expected to attend for approximately 20 hours, we do encourage support visits before the young people start with us and this can be over a period of time so they get to know the environment and staff and make the transition to us as smooth as possible.  

For a referral form please contact Rachel Harrington, Learning Manager rachel.harrington@volunteeringmatters.org.uk 

We also offer The Arts Award, a range of unique qualifications that inspires young people to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

Young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.

 

Contact
Rachel Harrington
Telephone
01473 418019
Email
rachel.harrington@volunteeringmatters.org.uk
Links
http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/volunteering-matters/young-people/join-our-learning-programmes/

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