Welcome to CHI

CHI (Classroom in the Heart of Industry) is employment and education training for 16-19 year olds.

It is a unique opportunity to undertake on-the-job training in the hospitality and retail industry
whilst working towards recognised qualifications that will enhance future prospects in employment.

The course provides a blend of intensive ‘classroom’ based learning and
on-the-job training with the development of employability skills.

The students work towards academic qualifications that have a focus on the workplace and
independent living including Financial Skills, Preparation for Working Life and BTEC Hospitality.

Who is CHI for?

The CHI programme is for learners who are aged 16-19 who are looking to develop the skills for employment. To be eligible to apply for the course, students should have an EHC plan or statement in place.

In addition to this applicants will also ideally have:

  • Already achieved some qualifications in literacy and numeracy (at least Entry Level 1)
  • Be independently travel trained
  • Have had a period of successful work experience
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Mission Statement: “We aim to provide a centre of excellence in which individuals are valued and encouraged to give of their best.”

Industry Partners

The course is based over two main sites at present, the Marsham Court Hotel and the Tesco Extra in Bournemouth and students have the opportunity to experience working and learning over both sites.

The staff at Marsham Court & Tesco are fully behind the CHI Programme and work closely with the students to enable them to develop their employability skills and gain an overview of the hospitality industry.

We also have training placements with Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals and Honeybrook Farm among others.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to two of our students who have gained paid employment working at a garden centre in Christchurch (seasonal) and at Interserve in Castlepoint.  We …

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Preparing for Adulthood – One-to-One Sessions

Two one-to-one information sessions have been set up for young people with SEND or parents/carers of a young person with SEND, who is preparing to …

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Woodford Campus opening

On Friday 10th January 2020, we will be opening Woodford Campus, an additional primary class of 10 children within Somerford Primary School, Christchurch. A second …

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Counselling support for parents & carers

Dorset Children’s Foundation has kindly offered access to counselling support for parents/carers in need of emotional support. Sessions will be with a student counsellor, Genevieve Smith. Genevieve is currently studying …

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Interested in this unique opportunity? Apply now!