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Severnside Skills is a new educational provision for adults with learning disabilities and autism based at Taurus Crafts, Lydney.

The project has been developed to address the lack of local opportunities for people with additional support needs to gain the work experience and trade-specific vocational training required to prepare them for work. The core training is focused on the main employment opportunities in thriving hospitality and tourism hot spots such as the Forest of Dean, which is retail and catering.

We understand the personal barriers people with a learning disability face in working and the lack of appropriate support to help them work. We also know that people with additional support need aspire to work and get paid, but sadly, only around 6% of adults with learning disabilities and autism have paid work.

Due to our unique facilities, our inclusive and supportive ethos at Taurus Crafts, along with a highly skilled and trained team, can offer educational opportunities that help people get ‘work ready’ and enable more people with support needs to enter the workplace.

We will combine core educational opportunities in trade, specific vocational skills and work experience. We will also provide flexibility to make personal choices and be in control of individual pathways to getting work-ready.