Young Adult Alternative Provision

The Talkback Young Adult Alternative Provision is focused on helping young people who do not want to be in a traditional education environment transition to the next phase of their lives.

At Talkback, our Learning Programme is focused to meet the individual young person’s needs and aspirations to ensure that they are in the best position possible to progress into their adult life, including obtaining work and volunteer opportunities. We provide a safe and positive learning environment with the right level of support and the opportunity for individuals to discover and develop their skills and talents.

We focus on preparing each person for a bright, healthy and meaningful future. We have achieved EHCP outcomes, seen people go to university and helped them into all forms of employment and volunteer roles in the community. This is all part of our approach to create the lifelong learning Academy

The routes to the future
Personalised for you

A unique, supportive setting

Our programme is designed to prepare each person for a bright, healthy and happy future. We offer the following:

Life-long Qualifications

  • English
  • Maths
  • Woodworking Skills

Life Skills (preparing for adulthood)

  • Travel training
  • Social/ relationships
  • Money management
  • Health +& Well being
  • Independent living
  • Youth club
  • Relationship Skills
  • Self-esteem and awareness

Getting Work Ready

  • Office skills
  • Customer service
  • Health and safety
  • Workplace visits
  • Understanding work policies
  • Working with others

Transitions to Work

  • Foundation work skills
  • CV preparation
  • Interview skills
  • Supported internships
  • Volunteer roles
  • Workplace visit
  • Employer relationship

Work Experience

  • Retail
  • Library
  • Woodwork
  • Hospitality
  • Horticulture
  • Office work
  • Customer Service

The Alternative Provision Philosophy

Our work is all based on a student’s personal needs as well as their health and care plan outcomes. Our alternative provision is for 16–25-year-olds who hold an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and who do not want to remain in a traditional education setting. In addition to life skills, we look for work experience placements, one day a week for those whose EHCP’s allow.

We help our young people transition from school to adulthood through volunteer work, paid employment or further development programmes with us. We work together with the young adult, their family and other professionals to create an individual programme for every single person.

We have four key parts at the heart of our philosophy.

A safe place

A supportive environment, where young adults can learn and share experiences and ideas in confidence to develop skills for life.


We will meet the needs of every young adult that wishes to develop and take control to manage their life.


All courses are developed and delivered by people who are well trained and have a real passion and care.


We welcome 16–25-year-olds with lived experience of neuro diversity and life /social challenges.

We are driven to overcome the barriers faced by autistic individuals and people with a learning disability. We want them to embrace new opportunities, lead fulfilling and healthy lives, work and contribute to the community

Our employability and work experience groups

We put a huge amount of emphasis into helping members be ready for any sort of work, be it voluntary or paid, as well as helping them engage with community groups to enhance their lives.

Our work experience scheme gets you a head start into the career of your choice. Tell us what you’re interested in and we’ll find you a great opportunity, help you connect with your colleagues and get you ready for a job you’ll thrive in.  At the end of each day young adults complete a work experience pack to reflect on what’s been learned through exposure to professional environments. 

Our employment pathway
Personalised for you

Our Young Adult Alternative Provision Brochure

For the full details of our programme please download the brochure. You will find examples of work experience opportunities, as well as all the details on the full range of relationship and life skills groups will offer.

Find out more

If you’d like to discuss our Young Adult Alternative Provision then please just get in touch.