What We Offer
Our Vision for Lighthouse Futures Trust is to be a flagship provider of Employability and Liveability skills for Post 16 Special Educational Needs (SEND) students from across Leeds and the surrounding area.
Our work links directly with the national “Preparing for Adulthood” strategy as follows:
● Support into employment: this includes exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies.
● Independent living: this means young people having choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living.
● Participating in society: including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community.
At present, our main offer to students is our Supported Internship programme which is primarily for those aged 18+. Experience has shown us that some students are not quite ready for work so, from September 2021, we are introducing a 2-year study course. The first year is a pre-internship programme where students will spend more time in College and at least 1 day a week undertaking work experience. They then move onto the full Supported Internship in year 2. The decision as to whether a potential student needs to start with a pre-internship programme is taken by the student, their family and Lighthouse Futures Trust.
We work closely with a range of specialist schools and colleges and can provide a tailored curriculum for some of their post-16 students. We call this “WoW” and are able to support 3-5 students from each school for one day a week. We design a programme to meet the needs of the school and students with a focus on developing social and employability skills.
The curriculum is tailor-made through discussions with our Job Coaches, students and the SILC’s, to ensure it meets everyone’s needs but includes modules on:
– Customer service
– Enterprise – design and sale of goods created by students
– Hospitality including barista skills
– Events management – working together, as a team, to put on an event
This is our gardening and grounds maintenance programme run in partnership with Leeds City Council. Currently based at Lotherton Hall, this provides students with the opportunities to work in a team to help maintain the grounds at this amazing stately home and bird garden in North-East Leeds.
NCFE (National Awarding Organisation)
As part of our continuing development we offer Functional Skills in English and Maths from Entry level to Level 2 through awarding body NCFE.