Specialist Support

Our Preparing for Adulthood programme is designed to enable individuals to reach their full potential and raise their aspirations to ensure they are able to meet their career aspirations.

This programme enables our learners to become sociable, independent, proactive and responsible citizens. We aim to support them to develop a skill-set for life, centred on a range of topics and activities to enable them to become an asset to society.

We promote collaborative learning, teamwork, participation, problem solving and resilience and aim to inspire our learners to develop a sense of responsibility and prosocial approach to everyday life.

At the core of what we do is an understanding of the importance of emotional and social awareness.

Within the sector, there are a range of qualifications which individuals can work towards including:
• Ascentis Entry Level 3 Progression Award
• Ascentis Level 1 Progression Award
• Ascentis Level 2 Progression Award

We also offer a range of bite-sized programmes including:
• Independent Living Skills (such as money management and personal safety)
• Work/Employability Skills (such as CV writing and job searching)
• Personal Development Skills (such as organisational and interpersonal skills)

For more information on this programme, please view our Preparing for Adulthood Booklet

Please note: We have limited numbers on our Preparing for Adulthood programme and place are booked via referral only – it is not possible to apply via our website.

If you think this programme may be suitable for you or a young person you know, please get in touch on 01752 332442, where one of our highly-qualified SEN team can then assess whether this is a suitable route, working in conjunction with Plymouth City Council.

Learner Life & Well-Being

Learner Support


Success Rates



I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School