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The farm isn’t the only route into our Supported Employment. There is also our Young People’s Programme, which you can find out more about on the Supported Apprenticeships page, as well as our LEAPS course. Then there is the STEM course:

What is STEM?

Steps To Employment is a short course provided by Little Gate Supported Employment and run by two members of the Supported Employment team. It is designed for those over the age of 18 and do NOT have an EHCP. Each STEM group is formed of 4 to 6 people. The STEM attendees must be able to get to the STEM sessions by themselves, which are held weekly and last for 2 hours.  The course is free and requires a video chat for any applications in order to ensure that needs can be met and that the course is right. Those who join STEM must be out of work currently, or have never had a job, and be motivated to want to get a job and be committed to attend the sessions each week.

What do you do at STEM?

 The course lasts for 6 months and covers a wide range of employment preparation. Part of this will be a 4-week Work Experience that is tailored to each individual’s aims, fully supported by a Little Gate Job Coach, and the rest will be workshops covering topics such as navigating job sites, creating a CV, preparing for interviews and other specific subjects. The aim for the end of STEM is to be ready for employment, and there is no guarantee that there will be in a paid job at the end. This is also NOT a formal qualification.