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Apprentice Workshop Leader Programme


What is the Apprentice Training Programme?

Our Apprentice Training Programme offers people with learning difficulties and disabilities the chance to train to become workshop leaders. Our apprentices work alongside our professional artists to plan and co-lead workshops in:

• Singing and signing

• Accessible music making, using instruments and accessible technology

• Basic IT skills and how to use the internet safely

• Communication

• Creative and online media

To find out more about how our Apprentice Training Programme has developed, click here.


Apprentice-led Workshops

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Unlike traditional workshops and training sessions, each of our apprentice-led workshops is co-led by adults or young people with learning disabilities. They work alongside a specialist trainer and supporter to plan, deliver and evaluate the sessions. We deliver a range of workshops from short one-off taster sessions to full day workshops or regular weekly sessions. The workshops have been designed to be suitable for a range of settings and participant groups, including:

• Music Leaders and Education Professionals

• Schools (Primary, Secondary and SEND

• Pre-school settings

• Youth clubs and other youth groups (e.g Scouts, Brownies)

• Businesses and Statutory providers (our apprentices have delivered workshops at corporate conferences and team-building days)

• Day Centres, Resource Centres and other disabled groups

• Health and Social care professionals Workshops are tailored to suit the group we’re working with. They can focus on any age and a range of abilities, and can be adapted to suit individual needs. We can also link in to the curriculum for our workshops in schools.

I panicked at the start of the workshop but then remembered I'd done the apprentice training and felt ok. Apprentice

Workshop leaders signing.

Why should you book an apprentice-led workshop?

For workshop participants, an Apprentice-led Workshop offer the chance to learn new skills whilst seeing positive disabled role models in action. They’re a great way to promote inclusion and can be a fantastic team building exercise – our apprentices are very skilled at making everyone feel comfortable and confident. And everyone has great fun too!

For our apprentices, planning and delivering workshops give them the chance to:

- develop their communication, leadership, team working and critical thinking skills;

- gain understanding and experience of what it means to be professional;

- grow in confidence, leading to increased motivation to engage in learning, work and volunteering; and

- make a valued contribution to their local community, leading to an improved sense of self-worth.

All of this has a hugely positive impact on our apprentices’ wellbeing.


Contact us to find out more or to book a workshop.





Young apprentices leading a session

An excellent session - introducing us to the joys of signing and signing, such fun! Hands & Voices Singing and Signing workshop participant, Coastival Festival 2016
It was joyful and inspirational. The enjoyment was infectious!IMPs Singing and Signing workshop participant, Forgotten Voices Community Choir