Skills for Life & Work Related Learning

› Skills for Life

Functional skills are embedded within all learning activities.

The Skills 4 Life learning programme is delivered by a transdisciplinary team of therapists and education staff, who structure practical based teaching and learning to ensure that students develop increasing levels of independence in the performance of daily living tasks. 

› Work Related Learning

St. John’s Work Related Learning programme makes an innovative use of the many key business activities which keep the charity running.

Young people carry out related work duties, providing opportunities for them to develop the vital skills, knowledge and behaviours relevant to the work place. This approach raises levels of independence and self-confidence and helps to prepare for work experience, volunteering and employment.

Skills 4 Life Programme Elements include:

  • Food Preparation – Choosing and planning a menu, shopping for ingredients, following a recipe and preparing light snacks and meals
  • Home Budgeting – Managing weekly income and expenditure
  • Home Safety – Safety in the kitchen and living areas
  • Travel Training (Road safety, using public transport)
  • Community Access (Travel training, interaction with public amenities and services, local business
  • Leisure and physical recreation – physical fitness activities, relaxation, accessing community facilities and participation in various leisure activities
  • Integrated working with residential staff and close collaborative work with parents and carers ensures that these daily living skills are transferred into the home environments and sustained into adult life.

Get Involved

If you are interested in a placement at St. John’s, please contact our Admissions Team.

Work Related Learning Opportunities

Scrummies Café

This Work Related Learning project was first successfully piloted with St. John’s Scrummies Café in 2014.

The cafe prepares and serves food to over 200 people a day, 5 days a week. Learners carry out a variety of key roles that ensure the professional preparation and serving of breakfast, lunch and hot drinks. Working to industry standards and alongside catering professionals, learners develop skills, knowledge and work behaviours relevant to the work place and vital to the hospitality and catering industry.

Scrummies Deli

St. John’s off-shoot hospitality and catering enterprise produces food products for Infinity Health Food shop and prepares and serves food in community venues such as the World Peace Café and Bevy Community Pub.

The Deli supports the development of skills and knowledge relating to: food production, quality control, food packing and labelling, safe storage, food safety/hygiene, preparation methods/techniques, working in a team and customer service skills.

St. John’s is fortunate to have Café Domenica as a key strategic partner and we work closely with them in the city. Please see their website:

Inklusion Print

St. John’s dedicated social enterprise serving the charity’s print and marketing needs alongside the production of a variety of print based products and professional design & print services to the local community.

Supports the development of skills and knowledge relating to: use of design software, print technology/processes, the operation of industry standard equipment including heat press, large format printers, working in a team and customer service skills.


St. John’s gardening and horticulture project, contributes to the maintenance of our outdoor spaces, cultivation, care and preparation of plants for sale in the community and use in Scrummies Café and the Edendum Restaurant.

Supports the development of skills and knowledge relating to: plant varieties, maintaining plants, safe use of equipment and tools, quality control, processing plants, production of plant products for sale.

Zest Car Valeting

St. John’s car valeting project, working in partnership with Zest 4 Success, a local training company specialising in training people with learning disabilities and autism on skills for the workplace training centred around a professional car valet service.

This supports the development of skills and knowledge relating to: car valeting products, techniques and procedures, alongside teamwork and customer service skills.


St. John’s stationery and administrative support team, overseeing the ordering and distribution of stationery supplies to all departments including: HR, Finance, Marketing, Education and Residential.

Supports the development of skills and knowledge relating to: communication for work, processing orders, email for work, safe lifting and handling, customer service and skills for independence.


St. John’s domestic services project, responsible for the cleaning of the off-site Employability Hub and contributing to the cleaning and upkeep of on-site environments such as Scrummies Deli base.

Supports the development of skills and knowledge relating to: correct use of cleaning tools and equipment, following a cleaning schedule, COSHH standards, Health and Safety, quality control, waste disposal, recycling and cleaning in the home.