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Welcome to Nacro


At Nacro, you can learn in a way that suits you. We’re not like school or college. Our groups, workshops and traineeships allow you to try out different jobs for yourself.

About us

We don’t tell you what to learn. We listen to you, support you in your choices and help you be who you want to be.

We now offer GCSEs and Level 2 courses.

It doesn’t matter what grades you left school with. At Nacro, we’ll help you find the skills you need to apply for a job or carry on learning. Many of our courses are vocational, which means you can learn a trade like construction or catering. If you’re ready to start work, we can offer you a traineeship, which includes a work placement in a job you’re interested in doing.

We treat you as an individual

At Nacro, we don’t just help you get qualifications. We have small groups and friendly staff who listen to you, assess your needs and help you. Whether you’re looking to finish your qualifications, brush up on your employability skills, find a job or apprenticeship, or study further, we’ll do what’s best for you.

We are open and honest

At Nacro we have a learner charter that lists exactly what you can expect of us – and what we expect of you. You can find it displayed in all of our centres.

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Getting ready for work

At Nacro, we want you to be ready for employment. That’s one of the reasons we offer traineeships to 16-24 year olds. Tailored specifically to your individual needs, they allow you to complete a work placement for up to six months in a job of your choice. When you finish you’ll leave with a reference from your employer. Traineeships can often lead to a paid apprenticeship too.

Learning ‘on the job’

If you’re interested in the world of work, we can offer you an apprenticeship. We can also help you find a job.

Additional support

Whether you’re still at school or you want to get into further education or work, there’s a place for you at Nacro.

We offer you information, advice and guidance

We know you’ll probably have lots of questions. That’s why we offer free information, advice and guidance at all our centres. You can talk to us about anything, including:

  • bursaries
  • housing and accommodation
  • training opportunities
  • qualifications
  • jobs and volunteering
  • work experience
  • keeping healthy and fit
  • personal matters
  • help to support your learning

We value everyone

We work hard to make sure people feel respected and included. At Nacro you’ll be encouraged to value other people and help create a friendly, welcoming environment for everyone. If you have a specific learning need or disability, we will make sure you have the support you need to be successful.

We keep you safe

We want all our learners to feel safe and secure. We have strict guidelines in place to keep you safe.

Learner success

  • 64% of young people under 19 progressed into employment, training or education and we’re on track for this number to rise to 70% 2014/15
  • 50% went into continued study
  • 20% into employment
  • 34% (530) completed a formal work placement
  • 92% of learners completed their courses
  • even 25% of students who left early progressed into employment, training or education
  • 99% of learners were satisfied with the service provided by Nacro (89% were highly satisfied)

Our Ofsted rating

Our education centres are rated “Good” (Grade 2) by Ofsted, in recognition of the support and care that learners receive at Nacro. Here are some of the things Ofsted said about us after their latest inspection:

"Learners gain greater confidence and self-esteem while they study at Nacro. They improve their personal and social skills very effectively and increase their chances of getting a job or continuing in education

Learners receive very good support and care. They enable many who face significant barriers to learning to participate effectively and make good progress.

Expert senior leaders, supported well by Nacro’s trustees, provide strong leadership. They successfully drive rapid improvement towards ambitious targets.

Significant, well planned and targeted investment is providing learners with good, well-equipped classrooms and workshops"

- OFSTED

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Nacro directly.

Last updated date: 27 March 2017
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