The New Bridge Multi Academy Trust, our growing family of schools (click here for details), is just one part of the New Bridge Group. We are passionate about improving the life opportunities available to our young people once they leave school and we are continually looking for innovative ways to enable our young people to achieve their aspirations and play a meaningful part in their local communities.
New Bridge Horizons is our flexible day provision for young adults aged 19 to 25 in the centre of Oldham, with a second base at New Bridge Learning Centre in Fitton Hill. Some of our young people attend full time, some for a combination of hours that suit their family circumstances, some for 2 days a week alongside studying part-time at local colleges and there are others who attend specialist colleges full-time during term time and access our centre during their holidays. We provide a stimulating, inspirational environment for everyone, whether they require specialised support for complex health needs or are looking to improve their employability skills.
Our provision and philosophies create opportunities for social development to enhance life opportunities. We pride ourselves on a busy, vibrant and varied environment where choice, independence and high standards are central to the opportunities available. By providing activities that suit young people’s aspirations, needs and preferences we can offer a very individual programme with support from a well-trained, experienced and dedicated staff team. We provide ongoing support to develop life skills, independence and employability skills to young people from across Oldham and its surrounding boroughs.
In 2015 we set up Future Finders, our innovative one year supported internship programme run in partnership with the Manchester College for young adults aged up to 25 who are interested in accessing supported employment, paid employment or volunteering opportunities. We had found significant limitations in possible employment opportunities for young people with a learning disability on transition into adulthood – previous work experience placements had proved time limited, at times tokenistic and generally ineffective in securing pathways into employment.
Future Finders is a unique experience for our young people, giving them the chance to develop valuable employability skills in full-time work placements with local employers, with exceptional and sustained support from our specialist job coaches. In addition to experiencing real working life, our young people are also supported to develop their independent travel skills and gain a nationally recognised employability qualification at the end of the course..
All the young people who finished their internship programme in Summer 2017 have now moved into either paid employment or unsupported volunteering. We are delighted that our current placement providers have all signed up to take our students again in September, as they know from experience that our Future Finders work hard and are an asset to any business. We are also looking forward to working with more local employers and supporting yet more young people to achieve their goals, just like Reece..