Work Training Scheme - Guideposts Trust
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Work Training Scheme

Work Training Scheme

Guideposts work training scheme gives adults with learning difficulties access to retail, customer service and employability work training to help them gain skills that they can transfer to the world of work.

The programme is tailor-made to each individual by our experienced staff, and delivered principally in our friendly shop environment.

Current Status: We are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please visit us when we re-open.

How the Work Training Scheme works

Trainees work in our beautiful community shop, part of Guideposts’ Cross Street Community Hub in Ware. The shop sells carefully selected food, drinks and unique art work including items made or grown by the students themselves.

The trainees actively take part in decisions about the layout and stock, handle the merchandise, and serve customers. The team with our staff and volunteers have plenty of fun, ensuring that the shop is a welcoming and friendly place to come to.

We have also held pop-up shops in the Ware community venues, at local supermarkets and pop-up coffee shop events when the trainees’ skills are developed in a less familiar environment.

What activities are on offer?

You could do any of the tasks for the shop, for example:

  • Serving customers, using the till and practising your communication skills
  • Dressing windows, making stock displays, and pricing to learn about sales and marketing
  • Travel training
  • Making gifts to sell – a chance to get creative
  • Gardening to grow potential merchandise, to get to know the whole process from producer to retailer.
Ware shop

Who can we support?

We support adults who have a learning disability who want to develop skills for working. Our team are also trained to work with a range of additional needs, including sight, hearing and mobility problems.

Why should I join?

Our principal aims are to help you increase skills & confidence, leading to greater job prospects to go on to gain paid or voluntary employment.  In a friendly team, you will also build lasting friendships and social connections.

Key Info

Days: The Community shop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Address: 3-5 Cross Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7AH

Contact number: 01920 484946


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How to join?

Please get in touch if you’re interested in joining the Work Training Project. We work closely with Hertfordshire County Council and you may be referred through their Adult Care teams.

We’ll get back in touch within 3 working days to arrange a time to meet or talk on the phone, to tell you more about the service and give you the opportunity to any questions. If we decide together that Guideposts Work Training Project would be right for you, we’ll then work with you on a training and support plan to make the most of your time with us.

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