Linkage Community Trust College campuses in Lincolnshire praised by Ofsted
GOVERNMENT appointed inspectors have praised the work of a college which helps people with learning disabilities.
Linkage Community Trust College, which has campuses in Toynton All Saints near Spilsby and in Louth, has been praised by Ofsted.
The report illustrates the success of individual students in developing skills and entrepreneurial capability, including Linkage graduate Matthew Coulbeck who has Asperger's Syndrome.
After initially going to study in a mainstream college and his placement there breaking down, Matthew, who had aspirations to work in the catering industry, moved to Linkage where his learning needs could be met.
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He enrolled on a one-year transition course and a bespoke programme was created and delivered by the college's staff.
Matthew's programme included one-to-one support to develop his confidence to a point where he was able to move on to the challenges presented by internal real work environments.
As his confidence grew and his catering skills developed, Matthew moved onto placements in catering with local employers.
He completed his NVQ level 2 catering qualification three months early, gained a computer literacy qualification and a Level 1 in adult numeracy.
Matthew ultimately applied for a staff position of catering assistant at the Gatehouse Café in Manby and, following interview against external candidates, was offered the position.
He said: "I used to feel nervous about everything – new people and new surroundings. I did not like working in different environments. But I loved college and felt more and more confident because of the support I received."
The report highlighted the benefits of close links with businesses, employers and local community groups and including enterprise-related skills in the curriculum.
Linkage Director of Education Matthew Orford said: "It is a tribute to the hard work of all students and staff that we are seen as exemplars of good practice, which is not limited to these examples, but can be seen every day on our campuses."