Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Classroom in the Heart of Industry (CHI)

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Classroom in the Heart of Industry (CHI) is a training programme that provides a unique opportunity for young people, who are working below the academic level of Apprenticeships, to undertake on-the-job training. Whilst on the programme, students can work towards recognised qualifications to enhance their future prospects of employment.

The course provides a blend of intensive 'classroom' based learning and on the job training with the development of employability skills. The students work towards academic qualifications that have a focus on the workplace and independent living including Functional Skills, Preparation for Working Life and BTEC Hospitality.

The course is based over different sites, three sites with work placements include Marsham Court Hotel, Tesco Extra Riverside and Bargates Christchurch, Venture shop. We also have a base at Citygate in Bournemouth where second and third year students can access their academic studies.

The course has run since 2013 and has already confirmed its potential to really impact on the career and life chances of a group of young people who, with support and guidance, have the skills and aptitude to make a positive and lasting contribution to industry.

Who is CHI for?

The CHI programme is for learners aged 16-19 who are looking to develop the skills for gainful employment.

To be eligible to apply for the course students should have an EHCP and access to specialist provision.

Ideally, we would also ask that that the applicant:

  • has already achieved some qualifications in literacy and numeracy (at least Entry Level 1)
  • is independently travel trained (we will support students with travel training if this is not in place at the start of the programme)
  • is keen to develop employability skills to gain paid employment and possibly previous successful work experience.

If you are interested in applying, please go to our 'How to apply' page.

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Venue/Contact Details
Karen Taylor
01202 525107 (Linwood main reception)
07599 563618 (Karen Taylor)
Linwood School
Alma Road
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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Times and Costs
Opening times:
See website for details on how to apply.
Further opening details:
  • Evening
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
Contact provider directly for costs
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 16 years to 19 years
Booking Information:
See website or phone for details
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