Student Placements

Phoenix offers placements providing a meaningful experience of work and the development of social and life skills to students from both special and mainstream local schools.


Just as with our adult trainees, our aim is to provide a safe, welcoming and empowering environment in which trainees can develop practical work, life and basic skills. We actively promote an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging students to socialise, make friends and have consideration for others. 

Our trainees are supported at all times by trained staff and volunteers, and have the opportunity to work in three key departments: 

  • Factory - producing concrete slabs and garden ornaments.

  • Woodshed – making a variety of items ranging from picnic tables and garden benches, arbors and mud kitchens, to bird boxes, planters, trellises in all shapes and sizes and bespoke items made to order.

  • Kitchen - providing a daily two-course lunch for trainees, volunteers and staff.


There is also seasonal work in our garden where we grow fruit and vegetables for our kitchen and a range of plants for sale,


The benefits of a student work placement are many, to:


  • understand what it is like to work and see the difference between the workplace and school

  • find out what employers expect of workers

  • interact with people of different ages and abilities

  • try a job that interests them

  • understand the importance of doing a job properly


The placement also provides the opportunity to develop skills and learn new ones, including:


  • trade skills (concrete mixing, carpentry, gardening, catering)

  • workplace skills (e.g. health and safety, working as a team)

  • life skills (e.g. cooking, independent travel )

  • basic skills (numeracy, literacy and IT)


We pride ourselves on working in partnership with schools and colleges, developing placements that are flexible and meet both school and individual needs. Although students are supported by experienced staff members and volunteers, support workers are welcome if required and supplied by school.

If you would like to visit Phoenix to see our work first hand, please contact us  -  parents are also welcome to visit and we provide taster sessions to interested students, free of charge. 


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Tel. (01223) 420669

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