Courses for young adults with learning disabilities

Courses for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

Courses for Young Adults With Learning Disabilities

Courses for young adults with learning disabilities

We have a range of courses designed to support young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The purpose of these courses is to allow young adults with learning disabilities to gain confidence, become more independent, get ready for employment, keep themselves healthy and well, and to engage with local community groups and social activities.

We offer the Steps Towards Employment and Progression (STEP) programme for learners working in a small group and individual one-to-one provision called PEPs.

Steps Towards Emloyment and Progression (STEP)

Steps Towards Employment and Progression (STEP) is a programme run by Manchester Adult Education in partnership with Manchester Young Lives.

The aim of the programme is to help learners make a successful transition into adulthood. This is achieved by creating a curriculum that addresses the needs of all learners, so that they can build on existing knowledge and are able to make meaningful connections between theory and real-life scenarios.

Who is it for?

STEPs is for any learner in Manchester aged 18-25 who has a learning disability and/or disability.

What courses do you offer?

We offer courses in community access, group project work, citizenship, life skills, IT and work preparation. You may also be able to complete a maths and English qualification.

How will I learn?

Whilst studying a STEP course, you will learn in a group setting at a community venue or adult learning centre. You may also participate in work experience placements so that you can try out different jobs and get an idea of what you may want to do in the future.

What could this course lead to?

By studying this course, you may gain a variety of opportunities including paid employment, a supported internship programme, meaningful voluntary work, the chance to attend community groups, and the ability to participate in leisure and sporting activities.

How do I join?

You can join a STEPs course at any time. If you wish to do so, please discuss this with your education caseworker and arrange an interview or contact Naomi Eyo at To be eligible to join, learners need to have an Education Health and Care Plan.

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I started STEP in September. When I started, I knew some friends there, but I was still dead nervous. We have a good time in our class, and even though I’ve got learning difficulties, I still enjoy learning! The teachers are really good and as part of STEP I do a placement at a sports centre.  I put all the information from forms onto a computer. It’s good work experience to help me get a job in the future. We all work together on projects when we are at college. I’ve learnt a lot about computers on this course. I’d say to anyone thinking about doing this course – don’t worry, everyone is nervous at first but as soon as you get there, you’ll fit right in.