Our Supported Work Training programme allows jobseekers to train in the specialised environment of Little Gate Farm.
A professional ethos
While we offer Supported Work Training for a wide range of job-skills, enabling us to place candidates in a variety of sectors. The key to our success is that the whole training programme is run as a workplace.
This professional ethos ensures our trainees also learn more fundamental capabilities such as leadership, time management, quality of work, health and safety, professional conduct and communication.
Each jobseeker is assessed so we can understand the roles which they are best suited to learning and take into account their interests and career aspirations.
All our trainees are focussed on using the training sessions to improve their confidence, independence and communication – as well as learning particular job skills.
We help trainees to set themselves specific, personal goals to achieve. Not only does this mean that every person receives training and objectives which are suitable to them, it also gives trainees an enormous sense of achievement when the goals are reached.
The training process itself has great benefits to the physical and mental wellbeing of our trainees, and can spark lifelong friendships.
Training in Systematic Instruction
To maximise the benefits of training for our trainees, and therefore, ultimately, for their employers, we use Training in Systematic Instruction (TSI). This is a highly structured approach to training practical tasks. Every task is broken down into its individual components and each part is taught separately.
Adults with learning disabilities often go through life being told that the decisions they make are wrong, therefore they can feel punished for using their own initiative. This can lead to “learned helplessness”, where an individual stops making decisions for themselves, through a fear of getting it wrong.
Systematic instruction is an effective method of training an adult with a learning disability to complete a practical task. It allows them to learn by immersing themselves in the task and through positive reinforcement.
The essence of TSI is to encourage the initiation of each step in a task, through a series of prompts. As the trainee gains confidence, the prompts are reduced. The trainer only steps in when the trainee is about to make the wrong decision during a step in the task. The trainer corrects them before any mistakes are made, thereby preventing the need for any negative feedback.
The result is that the trainee is motivated to complete the task for themselves and without constant prompting from the trainer. This increases confidence, independence and reduces learned helplessness.