We have a great partnership with Brogdale cic and they offer great opportunities for our students to get some meaningful work experience. They have a lovely farm in Ashford called 'Muddy Wellies' where our students participate in a range of horticulture activities. They also produce a variety of preserves and crafts which are then sold regularly at the Faversham weekend market stall. Brogdale CIC also offer us a catering and hospitality experience in their 'Food with Freinds' cafe's - one based in Faversham and one in Ashford. Some of our students practise their travel training skills to use public transport to get to the café then spend the day serving customers, working with money, taking orders, preparing food and the clean up that goes with it!
Brogdale cic also offer a wide range of youth clubs and activities outside of school times, so take a look at their website to find out more! http://brogdalecic.co.uk/
The FAR Aacademy
We have a great link with this community project who offer a range of construction and woodwork type projects for our students to engage with. They have made some excellent items, they have around an 18 week block on this course and the student feedback is always very positive. Find out more about the FAR academy via their website: http://thefaracademy.co.uk/
Students who are interested in animal care have the opportunity to complete a City and Guilds 'Skills for working Life' course with the support of a local equine centre - Trenley Park. Students spend 1 day per week at the stables learning how to care for the animals including all of the labour intensive activities that go with it... that's right even poo picking! The students also get an opportunity to lead, ride and support others on the horses. Take a look at their website to find out more http://www.trenley-park.co.uk/.
We are constantly trying to look out for as many work experience opportunities for our young people as possible... if you think you could help please contact us so we can discuss the options available.