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About Roots and Shoots' unique and powerful learning, training and employment experience
Roots and Shoots' website explains very clearly how trainees joining any of its programmes can expect a combination of learning, training and employment experience.
Every trainee is promised a programme tailored to their individual learning needs and employment goals. Within the Vocational strand at Roots and Shoots there specific training in Retai and Horticulture Skills. Within the Personal, Social Development (PSD) strand there is training in Employability and Personal Development: all available at Award, Certificate or Diploma level.
Functional Skills is available from Entry to Level 1. All qualifications are City & Guilds, promising high quality and recognition by employers and colleges. Trainees at Roots and Shoots can also achieve the Bronze or Silver Arts' Award.
There is First Aid, Fire Awareness accredited training and lots of other shorter courses along the way. Trainees can also attend Fusion Fitness centre and use the gym each week. The whole package, together with relevant work experience, should mean that a trainee could leave Roots and Shoots with 5-6 relevant qualifications, and a much stronger chance of gaining work or going on to further training.