Strathmore College provides bespoke study programmes for young people aged 16 to 25 years old with a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities, including:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Social, emotional and mental health issues
- Communication difficulties
- Other health related, mental or physical difficulties
A focus on employability
All of the programmes that we offer here at Strathmore College are structured to help young people to get into work. We place a strong focus on embedding work skills into all aspects of the curriculum for each and every learner. Key ways we do this include:
Unlike many traditional education establishments which see learners swap classes/activities on an hourly basis, our young people follow timetables with day-long sessions. This helps to prepare them for the world of work, where they will spend the whole day focussing on one area.
Strathmore College runs a café around just ten minutes from our main site. Learners are able to help with all elements of the running of the café, including handling money and serving members of the public. This provides excellent training for those looking to move into careers in catering, hospitality and customer service.
Our community access programme helps learners to develop a range of independence skills that will help them make a successful transition into the workplace. This may involve taking a trip on public transport, or practicing money skills when buying lunch at a local shop.
Work experience and volunteering options
Strathmore College organises a variety of community-based volunteering opportunities for learners looking to develop their work-based skills. This is either done in groups or individually as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Our learners have previously volunteered at Tittesworth Reservoir, Sherratts Wood Farm and Ford Green Hall amongst others.