Minister praises Havering College’s Rose Programme

A Havering College campaign has gained recognition from the Government.

The college’s ROSE Programme, which works with young people with learning difficulties, was praised by Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson at an event held at the House of Commons.

He said: “Havering College is a trailblazer for colleges and businesses that are supporting young adults with special educational needs. My ambition is not only for them to have academic success, but for young adults with special educational needs to lead independent and successful lives.”

Hosted by Hornchurch and Upminster MP Angela Watkinson, Mr Timpson spoke to some of Britain’s biggest retailers and others in a bid for business to take part in the project.

Launched in 2006, the ROSE programme supports young people into employment and until they are confident in their new role.

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The programme is similar to the model adopted by the Government for a �3million supported internship pilot to be rolled out nationwide.

A key to the ROSE programme’s high success rate in helping young people with learning difficulties or disabilities into work are the job coaches whose role is support the young person in the workplace until they are confident with their job role.

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The college is now training others to deliver similar results for its young people.

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